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Matt Harvey will be in ESPN The Magazine's body issue

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey watches from the

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey watches from the dugout during the eight inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. (June 18, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

CHICAGO - Matt Harvey is proud of his body and the Mets phenom isn't afraid to show it.

Harvey posed nude for ESPN The Magazine's annual body issue, which is set to hit newsstands on July 12.

"It was really cool," Harvey said. "It was definitely nerve-racking at first. Obviously, I've never been fully nude in front of random people like that before, especially with a camera around. Now it's all done with, it was a fun experience."

Harvey said the magazine approached him about participating. Though he expects to catch some flak from teammates, Harvey consented to the shoot because the issue typically promotes the value of a healthy lifestyle. "At the time, it seemed like a good opportunity and something that I was excited about doing," Harvey said. "I think I might as well get it out of the way while I'm young and have the opportunity to have a decent body."

Harvey said he was pleased with the results. "Hopefully, they'll help me out a little bit, add a couple more abs," he said.

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Gee moved

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