SAN FRANCISCO -- Starter Matt Harvey has been dealing with a blister on his right index finger for his past three starts.
Manager Terry Collins suggested it might be affecting Harvey's control -- not necessarily because Harvey didn't throw a bullpen session between starts this time to stay sharp, but rather because the blister affects him in games.
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Harvey downplayed the impact.
"It kind of started not the last start, but the start before," Harvey said. "It's no excuse for my poor pitching. And I feel fine with it. I just have to figure some things out and get back out there. ... The feel of certain pitches is a little bit more difficult than others, but like I said, I can pitch with it. I'm just getting through it. I didn't throw a bullpen at all this week. I'm not going to make that an excuse for anything."
On a separate note, Collins said for the first time that Harvey could be skipped Saturday against Pittsburgh, though not because of the blister issue. Collins said he will have Harvey either pitch an abbreviated outing that day or not pitch at all so he can be ready for the All-Star Game.
Said Harvey: "Whatever they decide is their call. I'm going to prepare like I have a start, and whatever they tell me is the way it goes."
Collins said that knowing Harvey would have a light outing or not pitch at all next weekend is why the manager did not hesitate letting Harvey throw a career-high-matching 121 pitches Monday night, when he allowed three runs in seven innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants.
"The last two have been a struggle," Harvey said. "I'm obviously not happy. There's work to be done. The positive part was going seven. Obviously, I'm not happy about giving up the runs and stuff like that. I think after three innings it was 70-something pitches. Being able to bounce back and throw seven was probably the only plus of tonight's start. It was a good win for us. That's all that matters."