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Matt Harvey exits start with lower back tightness

Jun 8, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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Minor scare for the Mets this afternoon. As noted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Matt Harvey was forced to leave his start against the Marlins today after seven innings due to lower back tightness.

Harvey allowed one run on six hits and no walks before exiting. The young right-hander may have tweaked his back while running the bases after he reached on a single in the bottom of the seventh inning. He was pulled from the ballgame after going out to make his warm-up pitches before the eighth.

No word on whether Harvey will be able to make his next start, but the good news is that his early exit had nothing to to with his arm. Zack Wheeler could have his timeline moved up if the Mets decide to skip him.

Harvey, 24, has a 2.10 ERA across 13 starts this season. With six whiffs today, he now holds the National League lead with 95 strikeouts.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Harvey walked into the dugout rubbing the right side of his lower back. About 10 teammates then proceeded to slap his right butt cheek as his walked back to the clubhouse.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    If the Mets lose him they may catch the Marlins.

  3. kev86 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Let him rest it a week. He will be fine. I have him starting the All Star game at Citi.

  4. dondada10 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    This game’s still going on. Bottom 18th.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Now into the 19th. The Jays beat Texas in 18, so the Mets and Marlins decided to top that.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Bottom of the 20th. The Marlins finally scored a run off Marcum in his 8th inning of work. Can the Mets come back?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Marcum was magnificent in defeat. The winning run was driven in by Hechavarria.

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