New York Mets
DENVER -- Matt Harvey was sent back to New York before Thursday's series finale against the Colorado Rockies, to ensure the right-hander has the proper rest heading into Friday's start against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
"I don't think there's any question Matt gets up for it," Terry Collins said about Harvey facing Strasburg. "He loves the big stage, and that's what he's on. He's got a big challenge tomorrow. If you look at some of the games that he's had to pitch, they've been against some pretty impressive guys. And he's getting another one tomorrow."
GOTTA PLAY: Collins said he gave no thought to sitting Ruben Tejada in Thursday's series finale. Tejada has six errors so far this season -- already half of his entire total of last season. The Mets do not have a bona fide backup shortstop anyway. Omar Quintanilla is with Triple-A Las Vegas.
"He's got to play," Collins said about Tejada. "I wish we could always say we could have perfect conditions, but he's going to play."
FRANKLY SPEAKING: Frank Francisco began a rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Class A St. Lucie last night.
"He's thrown other times where the next day he feels good, and he's thrown where the next day he doesn't feel good," Collins said. "He pitched an inning last night. They said he threw fine. How he came out of it today, when I talked to the people this morning, they didn't even bring it up. They talked about what yesterday was like. So we'll see what the next step is for him here in a day or so."
DEFINITION OF SOON: Does Collins believe Zack Wheeler could be a consideration for the majors soon?
"Wheeler could be an option soon? I couldn't say soon," Collins said. "It all depends what happens here. We don't know. That's why you've got to be careful what you say, because 'soon' can mean July. To you guys, it's Friday. There's a big difference. You're thinking the plane is leaving, and we're sitting here thinking the All-Star break might be soon."
HEF DUTY: Collins said he may get Jeremy Hefner an inning in today's game as a tune-up for Saturday against the Nats. Hefner has not appeared in a game since April 10.
MAKEUP: The Mets may make up Wednesday's snow-out on June 27 at 5 p.m. ET. The alternative was June 24.