Morning Briefing: Get out the brooms

FIRST PITCH: What a Harvey Day.

Matt Harvey threw his first complete-game shutout as he powered the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night. With the win, the Mets are now in third in the NL East.

The Mets will go for the sweep of the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. Dillon Gee is the starter.

Thursday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Star-Leger, Daily News, Post, The Record, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Newsday.

Wilmer Flores collected his first career hit on Wednesday night. Read more in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, The Record and Newsday.

• Jon Niese said he's ready to return Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Niese has been rehabbing from a partial tear of his left rotator cuff. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post, Wall Street Journal and Newsday.

Lucas Duda was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets opted not to bring up Duda, who has been on the disabled list with an intracostal strain. Read more in the Post.

• The Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue outside at Single-A Brooklyn was vandalized with swastikas and racial and anti-Semitic words.

Jenrry Mejia said his lower velocity on Tuesday night was due to an attempt to avoid elbow discomfort.

Zack Wheeler is learning a lot watching Harvey throw.

• In the Daily News, Anthony McCarron writes about the tough situation the Met face in monitoring Harvey's innings.

From the bloggers ... Rising Apple writes that Flores' future will have to be at first base.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever John Hudek turns 47. Hudek pitched 28 games for the Mets in 1998.


YOU'RE UP: Was Harvey's performance on Wednesday his best of the season?