“I love that he thinks this way,” Alderson told Martino. However, “When we bring him up, we hope to do so and not have to send him back. This is not about filling an immediate need. This is about the long-term stability of the organization and the team.”
Similarly, Alderson simply told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that Harvey is not ready, adding, “We have a number of options, and we’ll pursue those.”
In six starts at Triple-A Buffalo this year, Harvey is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA, while walking 13 batters and giving up 31 hits in just 30 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, Chris Young is rumored to be doing quite well during his rehab in St. Lucie and is on target for a possible late-May, early-June return, assuming everything continues as-is in his recovery from shoulder surgery. In other words, I assume the next time it comes up, Jeremy Hefner will be starting for the Mets and not Chris Schwinden.
It’s not that Hefner is the end-all, be-all savior. He’s not head and shoulders better than Schwinden. However, he does have a better repertoire and – right now – he’s less likely to walk guys, so I think at this point he’s the next-best option.
I’ve heard some fans suggest Colin McHugh, Dylan Owen or Brad Holt. McHugh and Holt have only thrown 100 or so upper-level innings, so I assume they’re not being ‘considered,’ among other reasons. Owen, on the other hand, though he is way, way over that limit and he’s pitched mostly well at Triple-A this year, he’s not on the 40-man roster, whereas Hefner is.