UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, at 12:07 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Great news for Mets fans as Matt Harvey (back) woke up today feeling better and expects to be ready for his next start, according to The Record's J.P. Pelzman.
Matt Harvey said today he felt fine when he woke up. He and the #Mets say he will start Thursday against STL— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) June 9, 2013
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UPDATE: Saturday, June 8, at 8:41 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Harvey expects to make his next scheduled start on Friday:
Matt Harvey said he expected to make his next start Friday.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 9, 2013
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The Mets' official Twitter page broke news of the development:
Matt Harvey left the game with lower back tightness.— New York Mets (@Mets) June 8, 2013
Harvey was in the midst of throwing another fantastic game, as the Marlins managed just six singles and one run through the seven innings Harvey worked. New York's star pitcher also walked no one and struck out six.
Harvey came out to pitch the eighth inning, but according to CBS Sports' Mike Axisa, Harvey pointed to his right hamstring and was stretching his leg following his warm-up. After consulting with manager Terry Collins and the Mets trainer, Harvey's day was done.
It is possible that Harvey tweaked something while running the bases, as he singled in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
The 24-year-old hurler entered the game with a 5-0 record and registered nine quality starts in 12 previous outings. In no game this season has Harvey yielded more than four runs, and he sports a 2.10 ERA, which is sixth best in Major League Baseball.
Harvey's performance on Saturday lifted his strikeout total to 95 on the year in just 90 innings, and ESPN Stats & Info observed the significance of that number:
Matt Harvey left with an injury after 7 IP. He had 6 K vs Marlins, takes over NL strikeout lead (for the moment) with 95 for season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2013
It would be a substantial blow to the Mets rotation if Harvey were out for an extended period of time. New York is 25th in team ERA and 27th in opponents' batting average.
What compounds the problem is the fact that the Mets sport a putrid offense, which has a batting average of just .228 this season.