New York Mets: Matt Harvey Will Make His Debut on Thursday

Daniel Budick@@danbudickCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Matt Harvey #70 of the New York Mets pitches during a preseason game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN New York's Matt Ehalt, the New York Mets have promoted 2010 first-round draft choice Matt Harvey to the majors. He will make his Major League debut on Thursday in Arizona.

For a team that has had a rough start to the second half, it will be very interesting to see what Harvey can bring to the Mets.

Harvey pitched on Saturday and got roughed up for five runs in six innings. Overall, he has pitched well at Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts. With Johan Santana and Dillon Gee sidelined, it was time for Harvey to make his debut.

Last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told WFAN that Harvey wouldn't yet be called up. Though Alderson did hint that Harvey would be up sometime this season, possibly as a September call up.

Obviously, with the injuries and inconsistency of the Mets' starters recently, the organization was quick to change their minds.

Harvey's manager in Triple-A, former Met Wally Backman, told the NY Daily News last week that Harvey was ready for the show. Keith Hernandez said on the air this week that if Harvey comes up, maybe he can provide some "lightning in a bottle," especially at this point in the season when the team desperately needs a boost.

Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler are the two highly touted right-handed pitchers, and the future of the New York Mets. Even though Wheeler isn't a major leaguer yet, that era has begun now that Harvey is set to make his first career start.