Mets won't commit to Matt Harvey making his next start

Mets won't commit to Matt Harvey making his next start

I've always been a starting pitcher.

Right now, all things are not even, and it's not the little things that are costing Matt Harvey.

Harvey, 29, is coming off a start against the Atlanta Braves that saw him yield six earned runs in just four innings.

"He threw a bullpen today, and he'll be available Tuesday", first-year Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

The right-hander went seven innings and allowed zero runs while only giving up four hits and two walks.

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The Mets would move on to the World Series for the first time since 2000 and Harvey would get the start in Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals. A manager in the Major League Baseball must place the best team out there, day in and day out with a keen eye on the bigger, 162-game picture. As the savvy Callaway noted to both Harvey and the media, if he really did experience some sort of epiphany when he retired 11 of the final 12 batters, then he can take that with him into his new gig.

Ricco said the Mets didn't discuss the prospect of a minor league demotion with Harvey, a smart call. The news came after he allowed six runs and eight hits in a 12-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves Thursday.

If general manager Sandy Alderson can find a way, trading Harvey before this summer's trade deadline would be considered a victory as the Mets could get something for the troubled and struggling arm.

The New York Mets are off to a good start this season, at 13-5 and atop the NL East entering Friday.

Callaway said the conversation on Saturday with Harvey was "tough" and "not comfortable" given the pitcher's former stature on the team.

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"We're not really sure what's going to happen with our rotation once Vargas gets back", Callaway said.

"It's inevitable that he's going to make more starts for us this year", Callaway said.

"It's the decision that they made, I have to suck it up, go out there, and do everything I can to get things back in gear". Callaway noted that he and pitching coach Dave Eiland have a history of turning starters into short-term relievers before bringing them back to the rotation.

Harvey has had trouble staying healthy since his 2013 Tommy John surgery. Even if he can not return to the level he was at in 2013, him proving himself in the bullpen, working his way back into a starting role, and producing quality outings will give the Mets a huge boost to their pitching staff. "Right now, I just have to work on some stuff and get people out".

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