Harvey throws pen, won't open 2nd half

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session Friday afternoon at PNC Park, after skipping a similar session between his last two starts because of a blister on his right index finger.

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

#33 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM19
  • W7

  • L2

  • BB28

  • K147

  • ERA2.35

The Mets are starting Carlos Torres in place of Harvey on Saturday for three reasons: to limit Harvey's season innings count, to allow the blister to fully heal and (although downplayed) to put him in the perfect position to start Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field.

NL manager Bruce Bochy officially will announce the NL starting pitcher and batting order at a press conference in the Caesars Club at Citi Field on Monday at 1:30 p.m., although it would be startling at this point for Harvey not to be named the starter in his home ballpark.

Meanwhile, Terry Collins did not announce his post-All-Star break rotation. But, the manager noted, Harvey will not start the second-half-opener next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.