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Plan unclear for Matt Harvey's Saturday start

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CINCINNATI - The Mets cut short Matt Harvey's last outing, lifting him after 77 pitches over five innings in the Subway Series finale Sunday.

And with the Mets looking to manage his workload heading into the postseason, Harvey likely will face limitations again Saturday. But manager Terry Collins refused to divulge any details of the Mets' plans.

"I don't have any idea what he's going to do," Collins said. "We have a plan but things change, so we're not going to talk about what we're going to accept or how we're going to work him until the game starts."

Harvey has pitched 1762/3 innings, on the brink of the innings limit of 180 that he and his agent, Scott Boras, once insisted upon.

Breather for Flores

Ruben Tejada started at shortstop for the third straight game, mostly because the Mets' coaching staff believes Wilmer Flores might be dealing with fatigue.

"They all thought Flo's starting to run out of gas," Collins said of Flores, who was 4-for-18 with no extra-base hits in his previous eight games before Friday night.

Though Tejada will see more time at short for now, Flores is expected to resume playing there regularly.

"His bat is such a big weapon," Collins said. "But if he's tired, he's not going to hit. That's why we've got to make sure he does."

Quick decision

The Mets received clarification from umpires after some confusion regarding Hansel Robles' quick pitch on Thursday night.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari ruled Robles' quick pitch a ball against Jay Bruce, who was in the batter's box and looking up, though he had only one hand on the bat.

Collins took exception because earlier in the season in Philadelphia, in a similar situation, umpires waved off a similar quick pitch to Darin Ruf, who was not looking at Robles.

But according to Collins, umpires considered the situations different.

"You have to have the hitter be ready to hit," Collins said. "So whatever happened in Philadelphia was a different situation, because [the umpires] saw the hitter was not ready. Actually, it was almost like a timeout. That's why the ruling [Thursday night] was different."

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