Terry Collins just told reporters that Matt Harvey will make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Cardinals.
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In the eighth inning of last night’s 20-inning 2-1 loss to the Marlins, Harvey was removed from his start with tightness in his lower back. He was cruising before being pulled and held the Marlins to just one earned run in seven innings while striking out six.
After singling in the bottom of the seventh, Harvey looked uncomfortable as he walking slowly to the dugout after an inning-ending groundout. When he came out to warm up for the eighth, it was clear something was wrong and within a minute trainer Ray Ramirez, manager Terry Collins and the entire Mets infield converged on the mound. Another minute later and the Mets’ prized righthander reluctantly handed the ball to his manager and headed for the clubhouse to get checked out.
The good news is that Harvey said he’s fine and should make his next scheduled start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
“It’s fine now,” Harvey said. “I think it was after the last pitch in the seventh I kind of felt a little tightness kind of in my lower back, right on the hip area. It was a matter of a little alignment in the hips and as soon as I came in and they worked on it, it kind of popped right back into place.”
Harvey said he’s dealt with this back issue before in college and a simple chiropractic adjustment would usually resolve the issue.
“I was fine to pitch, I could have stayed out there but obviously, I’m risking more injury and that wouldn’t be good,” Harvey said. “I’m ready to go for my next start, whether that’s Thursday or Friday.”
The Mets’ unofficial ace lowered his ERA to 2.10 on the season, but took another no-decision, his fourth in a row. His record remains stuck at 5-0 and he leads the league with eight no-decisions, seven of which he gave up three runs or less. With a little bit of run support, he’d be looking at an 11-0 record right now. He ranks in the top three of the National League in WHIP (0.91), BAA (.196) and strikeouts (93).