Jordany Valdespin tried to sidestep his demotion Saturday by imploring the Mets to put him on the disabled list with a trumped-up injury, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.
But when the team rebuffed his efforts, Valdespin threw a tantrum in the clubhouse in front of his stunned teammates.
"You expected Jordany to understand it because he's been sent down before," manager Terry Collins said. "He didn't get it."
Collins said he broke the news to Valdespin in his office after a loss to the Pirates.
"He wasn't happy," Collins said. "When he left the office, he was angry."
Collins said he entered the clubhouse to calm Valdespin, who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas when his average dipped to .188.
"It was not accepted very well by the other 24 guys," Collins said. "We all know he's an emotional kid. That's how he plays and that's how he goes about things."
Valdespin reportedly peppered Collins with a profanity, though the manager said he did not hear the words. After the outburst, Collins said he met with Valdespin to explain the "process of maturation."
Collins has reprimanded Valdespin for various past indiscretions, but he did not commit to any sanctions this time.
"I will tell you one of the mistakes he made, the general manager [Sandy Alderson] was there," Collins said. "That probably wasn't the best time."
Harvey on a limit. Collins reaffirmed that Matt Harvey will have some of his second-half starts skipped to limit his workload.
"There's going to be games where he's going to have his 'A' game and he's going to pitch," Collins said. "But after that, his next start, he's probably not going to pitch as much."