In February, during former Angels’ Communication Director Eric Kay’s trial, Matt Harvey admitted to providing opioids to the late Tyler Skaggs.
Kay was convicted on two felony counts of distribution of fentanyl that led to the death of Skaggs. During Harvey’s testimony, he admitted to using oxycodone and cocaine during his career, that once started with so much promise.
It was expected after Harvey’s testimony that Major League Baseball would suspend him, but it wasn’t until today, May 17, that they would impose a 60-game punishment, effective April 29, 2022, to the current Baltimore Oriole.
Major League Baseball put out a statement regarding Harvey’s suspension:
“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has received a 60-game suspension without pay for participating in the distribution of a prohibited Drug of Abuse in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The start date of Harvey’s 60-game suspension is retroactive to April 29, 2022.”– Major League Baseball’s statement on Matt Harvey’s suspension
Harvey, who has not pitched this season, is currently signed with the O’s on a minor league deal and has been down in Florida at extended spring training.
Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias commented on the recent announcement of Harvey’s suspension:
“I am glad that Matt now has the opportunity to put this part of his past behind him and pursue another shot with our organization after serving his suspension.”– Mike Elias on Matt Harvey’s suspension
Last season while with the Orioles, Harvey was 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA, while being one of the more reliable starters in an injury-filled 2021 starting rotation.
Harvey, who is now 33, has pitched for the Mets, Reds, Angels, Royals and Orioles, collecting a career record of 50-66. He holds a career ERA of 4.42, striking out 867 batters across 966.1 innings.
The 33-year-old will still be allowed to use the Orioles’ facility in Sarasota during his suspension.
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