New York Mets prospect Matt Harvey on Monday night may have pitched his final game in the minor leagues.â†µ
With Dillon Gee sidelined with what could be season-ending surgery to fix artery damage in his right shoulder, the Mets have an opening in their rotation with no clear alternative to take his place.â†µ
That's why Harvey's start against Toledo drew so much attention as even the Mets' brass was in attendance. The right-hander threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, four walks a hit batter and a wild pitch while striking out four. He received a no-decision. If the organization deems him ready, Harvey will pitch Saturday afternoon at Citi Field against the Dodgers.â†µ
Harvey's line may not look too exciting, but he did take a no-hitter into the sixth inning before he gave up two straight singles. Beyond his two scoreless innings Wednesday in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Harvey had not pitched in 12 days.â†µ
Entering this game, the 23-year-old, who has spent the entire year in AAA, had a 3.39 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 102 strikeouts and 7-4 record. The knock on him has been his command and development of his secondary pitches -- most notably his changeup -- but scouts and Triple-A manager Wally Backman have spoken recently about their continued improvement.â†µ
His next step may be a promotion -- whether he's truly ready or not -- because he gives the Mets the best chance to win, over other candidates like Miguel Batista and Jeremy Hefner.