The news hit David Wright said “like a sledgehammer.”

That would be the news regarding Matt Harvey the news that arrived Monday the news that sent a shiver down the spines of everyone who’d begun to invest themselves in what the Mets are and where they’re going.

The news that still casts a pall at Citi Field even on a day when they battered the Phillies 11-3 a day when Harvey was supposed to pitch (and wouldn’t you know it a Harvey Day — minus Harvey — when the Mets finally removed their bats from the freezer).

“He’s in good spirits” reported Wright the captain who has been absent for more than three weeks with his own depressing injury a strained hamstring that has kept him away from the team and the season and has spent the past few days logging rehab hours alongside his young teammate.

Wright was in good spirits as well yesterday anyway. It’s funny: when he decided to cast his lot with the Mets last winter signing the richest contract in team history it was assumed the team hadn’t merely locked up a significant piece of its long-term puzzle; it was assumed they’d also cast in granite the face of the franchise for years to come.

Only by the time summer rolled around it was Harvey in whom so much had suddenly become invested. It was Harvey whose staggering talent drew attention to the team in the middle of another rebuilding season Harvey who got the big magazine profiles. And it was the clock attached to Harvey that suddenly seemed to matter most — get a legit team around him and quick before he could put himself on the market.

Now the clock for Harvey will be measured in either two ways: the time he spends away from the team if he decides to have Tommy John surgery. Or the one that will seem to echo like a nightmare if he decides not to the one melded to the UCL that will tick every time he throws a pitch in anger.