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Morning Briefing: What's up, doc? Mets wait on Matt Harvey news

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- This was supposed to be the final Matt Harvey Day of spring training for the New York Mets. Instead, it is a waiting game to learn more details about his undisclosed medical issue.

Harvey was scratched from Tuesday’s Grapefruit League start with what the team labeled a “non-orthopedic” medical issue. That means it is not a shoulder or an elbow or a knee.

What is it? Sandy Alderson said he could not disclose the issue.

Harvey, who turned 27 on Sunday, reported the issue to the team personnel on Monday morning, according to Alderson.

Initially, team officials expressed little alarm and said Harvey would proceed with Tuesday’s start. That got amended in the late afternoon, with even Harvey’s status for Opening Day on Sunday in Kansas City now uncertain, even if the issue might not be overly serious.

With Harvey scratched on Tuesday, Terry Collins expected Sean Gilmartin to get the start opposite Miami Marlins left-hander Chris Narveson at 1:10 p.m. ET (SNY). Gilmartin is competing with Logan Verrett for the long-relief role.

Read the latest roster projection (assuming a healthy Harvey) here.

TUESDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

BIRTHDAYS: Billy Beane turns 54. ... Scott Atchison is 40. ... Alex Ochoa is 44. ... Eric Gunderson is 50.

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