Harvey to visit doctor after decline in velocity

An already challenging year for Matt Harvey continues to provide further obstacles.

The New York Mets right-hander allowed four runs (three home runs) in four innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, and complained of fatigue following the start, which featured a sharp decline in velocity.

“We’re going to have Matt looked at just as a precaution,” Mets manager Terry Collins said following the game, according to ESPN. “He’ll go see the doctor. Again, like anything else, when someone is just abnormal. It would be one thing if Matt was 91-92 (mph), but it’s another thing when he’s 89.”

Harvey is in the midst of his worst major-league season. The 28-year-old owns a 5.25 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 13 starts, and has allowed 16 home runs in 70 1/3 innings.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Harvey said. “My arm was not working at all. I looked up a few times and saw 86, 87 on the fastball. … The last time I threw 87 on a fastball was freshman year of high school.”

Harvey, who underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer, is arbitration eligible for the third and final time this winter before becoming a free agent.

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