Collins said both he and Sandy Alderson spoke with Harvey about the pressure of being a savior and that he should not think he is in the big leagues to be that guy.
Collins said he talked to Harvey last week about the possibility of coming up, and so Harvey might have been anxious in his start on Saturday which led to poor results.
Harvey allowed six runs and seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings to the Charlotte Knights in his start for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
Collins said they haven’t discussed an innings limit for Harvey, although that could take place down the road.
The staff decided to start Harvey on the road so he is away from the pressures that come with pitching in New York at first, such as extended media coverage, is family from Connecticut, etc.
Collins is aware that there might be growing pains with Harvey and that he still has work to do in his development, but hopefully he can continue to improve and pitch well while in the big leagues.
Lastly, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweeted the following about Harvey’s number selection: