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Matt Harvey's start to be skipped, now lined up for All-Star Game

Matt Harvey pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at

Matt Harvey pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. (July 3, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Harvey will make his next appearance at the All-Star Game.

At least that's how the Mets have scripted the pitcher's upcoming schedule now that he's been bumped from his scheduled start on Saturday night against the Pirates.

Mets manager Terry Collins justified the decision on two fronts. The team is already making an effort to curtail Harvey's workload and they want to manage blisters that have developed on his right index finger. The time off serves both purposes.

Of course, the extra rest also sets up Harvey to appear in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday at Citi Field, perhaps even as the National League starter.

"We've got to skip him sooner or later," said Collins, who said Harvey will make 14 more starts this season. "This has nothing to do if he's in the All-Star Game or pitches in the All-Star Game. He'll be ready for it. But for us as an organization, we need to back him off and we thought now would be a good time."

Harvey said he was "on board" with the plan, though with some reluctance.

Said Harvey: "Agreeing with it or not, it's what it is and it's something I'm going to have to deal with."

Harvey's workload once again forced the Mets to explore adjustments to his schedule. For now, Collins said he will limit the length of the pitcher's outings.

The Mets phenom wants to avoid being shut down early, just as he was last season when he made just three starts in September before he hit his innings cap. In 19 starts this season, he has already logged 130 innings before the All-Star break, putting him on pace for upward of 240 innings.

"I had kind of an idea," Harvey said of his rough innings limit this year, his first full-season in the majors. "I know they weren't going to let me throw 230 innings."

Instead, Collins said Wednesday afternoon that the Mets will curtail the length of some of Harvey's outings in order to keep his innings at a more manageable range. In the minors and majors combined last season, Harvey logged 1691/3 innings, making his next logical jump somewhere around the 200 innings range.

Said Collins: "He understood."

Of course, Collins wondered whether Harvey's understanding would last until late in the summer.

"In the long run, I'd rather miss a start now than miss all of September and not be able to pitch," Harvey said.

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