Mets' Harvey to skip last start before All-Star Game

New York looking to limit ace's innings load, allow for blister to heal
07/10/2013 3:31 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will skip his next scheduled start while battling a blister on his pitching hand.(AP)
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will not start again before the All-Star break, as manager Terry Collins confirmed on Wednesday that he will skip Harvey’s turn in the rotation that was scheduled for Saturday.

Harvey has a blister on his right index finger, and in confirming the move during an appearance on Mike’s On with Mike Francesa, Collins noted that replacing his ace will both allow that blister to heal and also help the Mets keep his innings level in check; the righty has thrown 130 innings in 19 starts (an average of just under seven per outing), and the skipper said that the organization would prefer Harvey to finish around 210 innings or so this season.

As for the All-Star Game, which will be held next Tuesday at Citi Field, Collins said that he would be fine with his ace pitching an inning or so in the exhibition.

"It's only an inning," Collins said, "... (and) that way, when he comes out in the second half (of the season), at least he's gotten some action in the last 10 days."

Carlos Torres will be start in Harvey’s place against the Pirates on Saturday, and Collins said that with Shawn Marcum set to undergo season-ending surgery on Monday, Torres will be joining the rotation in the second half and will likely remain there at least until Jonathan Niese returns from his own shoulder injury.

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