Matt Harvey feeling better, still on course for a start in Game 5
Matt Harvey has been dealing with both swelling and stiffness after taking a comebacker off his right arm during his start in game one of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night at Citi Field.
On Monday, Terry Collins said he was surprised at how much Harvey’s arm had swelled up, and suggested there was some uncertainty as to whether or not Harvey could pitch as scheduled in game five at Wrigley Field.
Harvey threw in Chicago on Monday, and declared himself good to go for Thursday’s start.
On Tuesday, Collins maintained confidence that Harvey would make his start on Thursday.
“Matt feels a lot better,” Collins said on Tuesday. “He’s going to throw a side here. If he hasn’t already, he’s probably going to go out right now and throw a side.
“He looks like he’ll be ready for Game 5,” Collins concluded.
Clearly, Collins is hesitant to fully commit to Harvey on Thursday. Recently, Collins has been very careful to set any expectations when there’s the slightest bit of uncertainty because of the backlash that’s resulted in the past from doing so. And if he is feeling any discomfort, the Mets just can’t take any risks whatsoever with him, so Collins probably won’t fully commit publicly until Wednesday.
Collins said Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese are options to pitch in place of Harvey, in case he needs to be scratched from his start.