PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Matt Harvey missed spring training so much that earlier in camp, he waxed poetic about pitchers' fielding practice.
But on the eve of his third Grapefruit League start, the returning Mets ace said he's ready for real action. "It's starting to go the other way," he said. "I'm ready to get out of here."
Harvey, 25, will move one step closer to his goal Monday when he faces the Red Sox in Fort Myers. He's confident that he'll be past the sluggishness that plagued him in his last outing.
"We're all getting excited," he said. "The process is winding down."
Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey is expected to go four innings or 60 pitches and integrate more of his slider.
Edgin done for season
Lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin will have season-ending Tommy John surgery this week.
"It was the best decision for my future and my family," Edgin said in a statement. "The Mets stood behind me 100 percent. I'm disappointed, because we have a heck of a team. My mind-set is to be ready to go on Opening Day 2016."
Bartolo Colon got roughed up in the Mets' 8-4 loss to the Rays Sunday. Colon allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings and threw 61 pitches . . . Travis d'Arnaud was pulled from the game after a dizzy spell, which he attributed to dehydration on an 84-degree day.