SAN FRANCISCO (CBSNewYork/AP) — The ace will get a rest.
New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will skip his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, making it even more likely he could start the All-Star Game.
Manager Terry Collins made the announcement before the Mets’ series finale Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants. He says a minor blister has recently bothered the rookie.
Harvey is a top candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League next Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets’ home.
“No. 1, he’s thrown 130 innings and he’s going to be limited this summer,” Collins said. “Part of the reason is also his blister issue.”
“We need to back him off and now is a good time,” Collins said. “If he pitches in the All-Star game he’ll be ready for it.”
Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with league with 147 strikeouts.
The 24-year-old Harvey said being ready to pitch in the All-Star game didn’t have much to do with the decision to skip his next start.
“My goal is to finish a full season,” he said. “The last thing I want to do is find myself at 210 innings at the very beginning of September and get shut down again. That was not fun. So finishing a whole season is definitely important, and I know it’s important to them, as well as it is for me.”