MILWAUKEE -- The Mets have yet to officially adjust Matt Harvey's pitching schedule, which would clear the way for him to start the All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16, but the righthander will have a chance to audition for the honor Monday night.
Harvey will start in San Francisco against the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy, who is responsible for deciding the National League starter in the All-Star Game.
Because the Mets are off Thursday, without a schedule change Harvey would be in line to make his final start of the first half Sunday in Pittsburgh. That would take him out of the running to start the Midsummer Classic. But the Mets easily could have Harvey pitch Saturday on regular rest.
"The best thing that I like about his approach is it's just not [about] pitching in front of [Bochy]," Terry Collins said. "It's to be the best in the game. If you keep that attitude all year long, each and every start, you're motivated."
Marcum to be examined
Shaun Marcum (1-10) likely will miss his next start after the Mets decided to send him to be examined by a nerve specialist in St. Louis.
Marcum has complained of soreness in his upper back and tingling and numbness in his right hand. The condition worsens during his starts and has resulted in diminished fastball velocity.
"Certainly, I'm concerned that I don't want this thing to keep flaring up," Collins said. "Maybe the rest is the best thing for him at this time."
Tejada needs work
Shortstop Ruben Tejada could rejoin the Mets as a backup to his replacement, Omar Quintanilla, but Collins said he must first show improved plate discipline and quickness on defense at Triple-A Las Vegas.