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PITTSBURGH - Mets righthander Matt Harvey will find out Monday if he will be named the National League starting pitcher for the All-Star Game. If he doesn't emerge with the honor, teammate David Wright said he will be shocked.
"I would be, I'd be surprised," said Wright, the NL's starting third baseman. "I think he's deserving."
Harvey seemed to clear the final hurdle standing between himself and starting the Midsummer Classic on his own home field.
Harvey was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, a sign that the blisters on his right index finger have subsided. "They're clean," manager Terry Collins said. "He's fine."
For the third straight day, Wright was booed by a sellout crowd at PNC Park, a reception that irked Collins.
"I love Pittsburgh. I lived here. I was a player in the organization," said Collins, who also served on the Pirates' coaching staff. "But when you start booing David Wright, you better re-evaluate what's going on because there's nobody that plays the game any harder, that epitomizes what you want a major-league player to be."
Pirates fans were irked that Wright initially didn't pick Pedro Alvarez for the NL team in the Home Run Derby. It didn't seem to matter that Wright eventually added Alvarez to the team as a replacement.
Said Collins: "I understand their frustration, but Pedro [is] on the team after all."
Utilityman Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) might be ready to rejoin the Mets after the break. He has been playing in rehab games . . . Jordany Valdespin will see some time in the outfield with Triple-A Las Vegas. The utilityman was demoted after Saturday's game to make room for Scott Atchison . . . John Buck had nine RBIs on the nine-game road trip.