Mets manager Terry Collins told Matt Harvey on the team’s flight out to Los Angeles that he will use him out of the bullpen if necessary.
New York has already indicated that starter Noah Syndergaard could make a relief appearance, but Harvey would be coming off just two days rest. It’s even more shocking given the fact that Mets have treated Harvey with kid gloves up until this point; limiting his innings down the stretch of the regular season and affoding him just one start in the NLDS.
Of course Harvey’s handling hasn’t be solely impacted by the pitcher or front office, but agent Scott Boras has been adamant that his client has given ‘everything’ to the organization.
New York is hoping it won’t have to resort to using Harvey in the late innings and that the offense can find a way to produce runs against a stingy ace in Zack Greinke.
Either way the Harvey watch is officially on as the Mets continue to use every resource possible to improve their chances of advancing to the NLCS.