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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mets Pitching Prospect Matt Harvey to Make Start Thursday Against D-Backs

Mets Pitching prospect Matt Harvey will debut Thursday in a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets announced.

He will be in New York on Monday and will be activated Tuesday.

Harvey, 23, is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo and has 112 strikeouts in 110 innings. He was the team's first-round pick in the 2010 draft and will replace Miguel Batista, who was designated for assignment Sunday, in the rotation.

Harvey's start in Arizona will kick off an 11-game road stretch for the team. Before his team's 8-3 loss in 12 innings to the Dodgers on Sunday, Collins said he had no preference on whether Harvey would make his first start in Flushing or on the road, although he did talk up the Mets home.

"I've said on more than one occasion that his development and future are independent of our needs in 2012," Alderson said last Tuesday. "He's pitched very well. He pitched well last night. We expect he will pitch well as he continues his season in Buffalo. I think it's more likely than not that he will pitch in New York sometime this season. It just won't be Saturday in Citi Field. It could be shortly after that. It could be some time after that. It really is a function of him and his situation. We want to make sure that when he starts his major league career, it's an auspicious start and that, as I've said before, it is independent of issues that exist at the major league level."

In his two seasons in the minors, Harvey is 20-10 with a 3.48 ERA. He's struck out 268 batters in 245 2/3 innings and yielded less than a hit per inning. He was 13-5 spanning Class A and Double-A in 2011, and pitched for North Carolina in college.

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