Keith Hernandez was "astounded" and "flabbergasted" to learn of pitcher Matt Harvey's lateness to the Mets' workout on Tuesday.

"It's amazing that he showed up late," Hernandez said Thursday during a phone interview to discuss his assignment as an SNY studio analyst for the playoffs. "There's no excuse, and he pretty much admitted that.

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"I'm astounded after all that's gone down that this happened. I'm flabbergasted about it. But as my father used to say: 'You make your bed, you've got to sleep in it.' I just think at this particular point of the season it's really, really not good.

"But I'll leave it at that. And I'm a Matt Harvey fan; I'm a Matt Harvey fan. I've defended him during his crisis, but as he said, there's no excuse."

On Wednesday, Ron Darling -- Hernandez's former Mets teammate and current SNY colleague -- told Newsday, "It's really hard for me to criticize [Harvey]. Half our team didn't make the [1986 World Series] parade . . . We had guys who barely showed up to games."

Darling was responding to a crack from Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had said, "There were a lot of boys on that '86 team that didn't make practice, either.''

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Said Hernandez: "Oh, I think Ronnie was embellishing. We showed up on time. I think he was being funny. We showed up on time."