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Mets haven’t ruled out calling up Matt Harvey next week

Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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When it was first reported that Dillon Gee was headed to the disabled list with a blood clot in his right shoulder, Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Miguel Batista would likely take his place in the starting rotation next Wednesday against the Nationals. However, Collins hedged a bit when asked about prospect right-hander Matt Harvey earlier this evening.

“We’re in the hunt,” Collins told Mike Puma of the New York Post. “This isn’t a tryout camp. So if the people who see [Harvey] say he’s ready, bring him up, I’m all for it.”

Chris Young is also a possibility to make the start on regular rest, which means the Mets could delay a decision on Gee’s replacement until July 21. While Collins called Harvey a “remote” possibility to pitch either game, it’s clear that his major league debut isn’t far away.

Harvey was selected No. 7 overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a 3.35 ERA over his first 234 innings in pro ball, including a 3.39 ERA and 102/42 K/BB ratio in 98 1/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo this season. Baseball America recently ranked him as the No. 34 prospect in the game on their midseason list.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    It’s important to note that Collins does not make these decisions it’s up to Alderson. Alderson has said many times that the state of the big club is separate from the development of the kids. Yes, Harvey has said that he believes he’s ready but Mike Pelfrey thought he was ready as well.

  2. butchhuskey - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    As someone who lives not too far from where Harvey grew up in Connecticut, I’m rooting for the kid to perform at the big league level.

    • lazlosother - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      As someone who lives far far away from where Harvey grew up in Connecticut, I’m rooting for the kid to perform at the big league level – the more stars, the better. Woohoo.

  3. tkesteve - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I played against him in high school and I got a hit off him! He had the best curve I’ve ever seen. I wish him the best of luck.

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