The New York Mets designated Matt Harvey for assignment Saturday, marking an abrupt and stunning end to the tenure of a pitcher who was considered one of baseball’s budding stars and the future face of the organization upon his arrival in 2012. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday the team made the decision after Harvey refused a demotion to the minor leagues to work out his problems. The Mets recently moved Harvey to the bullpen, but he struggled with the transition and allowed five runs in an 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Citi Field.

Alderson, assistant GM John Ricco, manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland met with Harvey at 3:15 p.m. ET Friday and asked him to consider an assignment to the minors. They told Harvey to take a few hours to talk to his agent, Scott Boras, and make a decision. But Harvey declined quickly enough for Alderson to make the DFA announcement by 4 p.m. The Mets have seven days to either trade Harvey or release him and allow him to find a new team as a free agent. Alderson said the move marks “the end of an era.”

Harvey, 29, was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft out of the University of North Carolina. He went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 2013, started for the National League in the All-Star Game and was anointed the “Dark Knight of Gotham.” But Harvey’s career stalled after Tommy John surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he was at the center of numerous off-field controversies. The latest came earlier this week when the New York Post reported that he was seen partying in Los Angeles during the Mets’ West Coast swing.

Harvey’s velocity peaked at 96 mph in 2015, and he logged a 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 postseason innings when the Mets advanced to the World Series. But his velocity gradually declined after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he was registering 92.6 mph on the radar gun this season. The Mets hoped his fastball might tick upward in more limited exposure in the bullpen, but that never happened.

Callaway said he and Eiland were both disappointed that Harvey failed to make more progress this spring. Harvey’s struggles were reflected in a 0-2 record, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in eight appearances as a starter and reliever.

In a text to ESPN, Boras expressed confidence that Harvey can succeed in his road back to becoming an effective big league starter. But Harvey’s comeback will have to take place somewhere other than Citi Field. The Mets recalled reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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