Matt Harvey has a blister, could skip next start in Pittsburgh

Matt Harvey 1 polaroidMatt Harvey has a blister on his right index finger, and Terry Collins told reporters Harvey could miss his final start before the All-Star Break.

“We’re probably going to back him off or not have him pitch, one or the other,” Collins said after last night’s game.

Despite the blister, Harvey struggled through seven innings while throwing 121 pitches. However, he doesn’t think the blister is a problem for him.

“It’s no excuse for my poor pitching,” Harvey explained. “I feel fine with it, so I’ve just got to figure some things out and get back out there.”

Harvey said he will prepare for his next outing against the Pirates on Saturday, although he doesn’t know if the Mets will skip that start.

Harvey took a no-decision last night while allowing three runs in seven innings, two of which came on a two-run home run by Buster Posey in the first inning.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Harvey looked at his hand a couple of times last night, most notably after he walked off the mound in the fifth inning. He ended up throwing a lot of pitches. Given it was revealed he has a blister, I wonder why he was allowed to be out there for so long and afforded so many pitches in only seven innings.

This could certainly impact Harvey’s status for the All-Star Game next week. However, I am less concerned about that than I am this blister healing and not causing Harvey to alter his mechanics and potentially injuring something else in the process. If skipping the All-Star Game allows this thing to heal, then it’s the wise choice to make, as disappointing as that may be.