LOS ANGELES - Mets manager Terry Collins gets it. He understands Matt Harvey's aversion to pitching on extra rest. It's an opinion shared by the rest of the rotation, though the ace has been the most outspoken about it.
However, the manager's empathy has a limit.
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"Well, they've got to get over it," Collins said Sunday. "Matt knows that."
The Mets' intend to remain in a six-man rotation through the All-Star break. And because of a day off Thursday, Harvey will once again make his next start on six days' rest, two more than in a standard five-man rotation.
Once already this season, the Mets scrapped a six-man setup because it disrupted the starters' routines. However, keeping their pitchers within their innings limits ultimately pushed the Mets back to the alignment.
From the start of spring training, the Mets have insisted upon avoiding a Stephen Strasburg-like shutdown on Harvey, who is 7-6 with a 3.11 ERA in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey has pitched on six days' rest twice this season, losing both, including a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. He said he struggled to find a rhythm and mentioned the difficulty of pitching on extra rest. But the problem is not going away.
"We've got the break coming up, and he's going to have more than five days off or six days off," Collins said with a smile. "He can pitch in [Class A] Brooklyn if he wants to. I think they're playing. I'll talk to him about it today."
Michael Cuddyer went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his first start in four games. He has a sore left knee that required a cortisone shot . . . Jerry Blevins (fractured left elbow) has not yet been cleared for throwing.