New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will skip his final scheduled start on July 13, three days before Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at his home field.
Carlos Torres will start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on instead of Harvey, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.
Mets manager Terry Collins had said yesterday that he may sit Harvey as the 24-year-old right-hander prepares to pitch in the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field in New York. Harvey also had a blister on his right index finger that he said is affecting the feel of pitches.
“Any time you can give a young pitcher any rest is always a wise choice,” former major-league pitcher Derek Lowe said on a conference call today promoting the American Century Championship celebrity golf event. “This is great for the city. He’s created such a tremendous buzz and rightfully so. Guys want to see him pitch, the city wants to see him pitch.”
Voted to the All-Star Game in his first full major-league season, Harvey is a candidate to start for the National League, according to Bruce Bochy, the San Francisco Giants’ manager who will lead the NL squad. Collins is an NL coach.
Harvey has a 7-2 record this year with a 2.35 earned-run average, the fourth lowest in baseball. His 147 strikeouts rank second behind Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish, who has 157.
In his three starts since developing the blister, Harvey is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA.
The Mets are 39-48 and in fourth place in the five-team NL East, 11 1/2 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves. That doesn’t mean Harvey’s missed start will play well with all Mets’ fans, according to Lowe.
“It is New York, so there’s probably going to be backlash for anything,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter what you do, people are going to say it’s a bad choice.”