NEW YORK -- Backlash over a photo that Mets pitcher Matt Harvey posted Tuesday on Twitter prompted the right-hander to delete his popular social media account.
Shortly after Harvey tweeted a photograph of himself making an inappropriate gesture from his hospital bed on the day of his Tommy John surgery, the Mets asked him to remove the photo. Harvey deleted his entire account with more than 100,000 followers instead.
"It was me showing a little bit of my personality before surgery," Harvey said. "I'm not going to apologize for being myself and having a good laugh at a funny little picture. I've kind of had enough with Twitter and not being able to show your personal side. I'll keep those pictures to myself."
Harvey said his mother took the photo in question, and that he was simply trying to relate the excitement he felt over the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery.
"I thought the whole reason for having a Twitter and an Instagram was to be yourself," Harvey said. "It's my personal account. I thought the whole reason to have a Twitter was to put out there a little bit of fun and show your personal side a little bit. But I guess when that gets questioned from a picture or so many wrongdoings, there comes a time when you have to get rid of it.
"I honestly didn't think there was anything wrong with it. You listen to the radio and you hear a lot of rap music and things that are a lot worse than what I was showing -- genuine excitement and a little bit of laughter toward a picture that I was looking at this morning. I guess to stop the controversy, deleting the Twitter was an easy out of not worrying about it anymore."
Harvey continues to make progress in his rehab and still considers a September return his goal. He recently struck a deal with the Mets allowing him to base his rehab in New York when the team is home, and in Port St. Lucie, Fla. when the team is on the road.
"The main frustration is not being able to play and pitch," Harvey said. "If there's one thing I'm sorry for, it's not being able to play. That's always going to be on my mind."
Slumping Granderson remains in two-hole
NEW YORK -- Despite Curtis Granderson's ever-deepening slump, the Mets are sticking with him batting second.
Granderson started his third consecutive game in the two-hole Tuesday, as he attempted to work his way out of an 0-for-19 rut. With manager Terry Collins reluctant to shift Lucas Duda into the cleanup spot until Duda grows comfortable as the everyday first baseman, that meant another game batting fourth for second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Granderson has spent significant time in recent days working with hitting coach Dave Hudgens on his plate approach, focusing on swinging only at the balls he can handle.
"I've definitely had some [slumps] over the course of my career," Granderson said. "I don't remember exactly what was the turning point or what caused the turning point, but eventually it did come. That's the one thing I do remember. So I'm continuing to stay positive with all those different things and realizing it is a part of the game."
Mets to monitor workload of Farnsworth
NEW YORK -- The downside of having a 38-year-old closer is that Mets manager Terry Collins never quite knows when Kyle Farnsworth will be unavailable.
Collins is still feeling out how often and how heavily he can use Farnsworth, who recorded his first save as a Met in Monday's 2-0 win over the Cardinals. Unlike injured closer Bobby Parnell, who was able to pitch in as many as three consecutive games without issue, Farnsworth may need a bit more coddling.
"You've got to monitor them," Collins said of his growing group of older players, which includes Farnsworth, Jose Valverde, Bartolo Colon and Bobby Abreu. "When you get to be 40 or so, it just doesn't come back as fast the next day as you'd like it to."
Collins plans to check with Farnsworth daily to see how he feels. On days when the right-hander is unavailable, Valverde, Carlos Torres and even Daisuke Matsuzaka will be candidates to close.
• Outfielder Juan Lagares has been running in Port St. Lucie, but he has no timetable to begin playing in Minor League rehab games. It is unclear whether Lagares, who strained his right hamstring earlier this month, will return from the disabled list when eligible on April 30.
• Collins indicated that he will likely give Abreu his first start in the outfield Thursday against the Cardinals. Collins said he has been eager to give Abreu playing time this week, even if it is only in a pinch-hitting role.