Mets ace Matt Harvey is currently dealing with a blister on his right index finger, but that’s not why manager Terry Collins may hold Harvey out of his next scheduled start against the Pirates on Saturday.
Collins said if Harvey does pitch his next turn in the rotation, he will be kept to a light workload, which would make him available to pitch in next Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Harvey, who gave up six hits and three runs over seven innings on Monday night against the Giants, told reporters Tuesday that the injury has had a minimal impact on his performance.
“The feel of certain pitches is a little bit more difficult than others, but like I said, I can pitch with it,” Harvey said. “I’m just getting through it. I didn’t throw a bullpen at all this week. I’m not going to make that an excuse for anything.”
If Harvey does not pitch, the Mets will hand the ball to Carlos Torres, who Collins said is slated to replace Shaun Marcum in the rotation. Marcum is expected to miss his next start due to experiencing recurring numbness in his right hand.