One day after Matt Harvey triggered yet another stir by showing up late for the team's mandatory workout, manager Terry Collins and the rest of the Mets scrambled to put the matter behind them.
"There were a lot of boys on that '86 team that didn't make practice, either," pitching coach Dan Warthen said.
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It's still unclear exactly why Harvey showed up at Citi Field only after the team had wrapped up its work for the day on Tuesday.DatabaseMatt Harvey's career startsStoryPedro thinks Mets must keep a close eye on Harvey
Warthen said the pitcher called him, Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez to explain that he was delayed by heavy traffic. Later, Collins said the pitcher told him he had lost track of time. Harvey, who did not take questions, did not elaborate.
"Why he wasn't here? I don't care," Collins said a day later. "The only thing I care about is he wasn't here, and so that I have to worry about and that I have to take care of and I have."
Collins made light of the situation, insisting once more that the infraction was relatively minor.
"I know you guys have never done anything wrong, never been late for anything," Collins said.
Harvey, who has been fined an undisclosed amount, arrived on time for yesterday's workout. According to Collins, he was again "extremely apologetic" to his teammates, just as he was the day before when addressing the group.
"We're going to make sure Matt gets to the plane and gets on board," Collins said. "So he'll be with us tomorrow to work out, I think."
As for any clubhouse fallout, Collins said the team's veterans have addressed the matter. In the aftermath of Harvey's late show, Mets captain David Wright was visibly agitated by the situation, and didn't bother to hide his feelings in pointed comments regarding the pitcher.
Even Collins, who has downplayed the incident, admitted that the distraction was not appreciated. When asked if Harvey's tardiness had annoyed the team, Collins acknowledged, "We all were."
But on Thursday, rightfielder Curtis Granderson took a more diplomatic approach.
"First and foremost, he was here, he was just late," Granderson said. "We're all late at some point in time. I was late in spring training."
Ultimately, Granderson said, Harvey ran on the field and got a workout in, thus accomplishing his goals for the day albeit an hour late. He called the mistake just one of many that can be made by players over the course of a long season.
"I don't think anybody on the team has looked at it as any more than that," Granderson said. "He's going to be ready to play for us."
Harvey is slated to pitch in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Monday. He will be opposed by lefty Brett Anderson.
Collins said the Mets' focus sits squarely on the Dodgers, the organization that years ago launched the manager's coaching career.
"I'm peeing my pants right now, so I'm a little fired up," Collins said, before he cracked a smile. "Like I said, when we land in Los Angeles, it's going to be exciting. You guys know my background with the Dodgers. If I had to pick somebody that I wish I could certainly play my first playoff game, it would be against the Los Angeles Dodgers."