NEW YORK – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for distributing an illegal drug, a punishment stemming from his admission of supplying opioids to a teammate who had a fatal overdose.
The former New York Mets star also admitted in February during a federal trial in Texas following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs that he used cocaine in New York and California. .
Harvey, a 33-year-old right-hander, last month agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles that included a $150,000 minor-league salary, $1 million major-league salary and a bonus. $500,000 assignment if traded while under major league contract. He trained at Baltimore’s extended spring training facility and did not pitch a game.
During the trial of former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay, Harvey, pitchers Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian and first baseman CJ Cron testified and described recreational drug use in and around of the Angels when they played for the team.
After saying he was subpoenaed and testified solely because he had immunity from prosecution, Harvey admitted to being a cocaine user before and during his season with the Angels in 2019. He said that he had tried oxycodone supplied by Skaggs during his season with the Angels and also supplied drugs. at Skaggs.
Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room in suburban Dallas on July 1, 2019, a day the Angels were supposed to open a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Kay was convicted of one count of distributing drugs causing death and drug conspiracy. He faces at least 20 years and up to life in prison when sentenced on June 28.
Nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham, Harvey was selected seventh overall by the Mets in the 2010 entry draft and made his reported major league debut in 2012. He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, but just over a month later, he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow and required Tommy John surgery.
Harvey returned in 2015 and went 13-8, helping the Mets reach the World Series, where he asked manager Terry Collins to let him take the mound with a two-run ninth-inning lead against Kansas City in the game. 5. Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain and allowed an RBI brace for Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez hit an equalizing groundout against Jeurys Familia and the Royals picked up a 12th inning victory that gave them the title.
Harvey was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in May 2018 and pitched for the Angels in 2019, Kansas City in 2020 and Baltimore last year when he was 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA. He has a career record of 50-66 with a 4.42 ERA in nine major league seasons.