Those pesky blisters. If not taken care of they can morph into week long, heck, even month long problems that can really shake a pitchers confidence.
Because of that, the New York Mets are taking extreme precaution with starter Matt Harvey, sitting him down and skipping over his next start, which would have been on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Per Adam Rubin of ESPN:
Mets will skip Matt Harvey on Saturday.
What’s not known is how long Harvey will be kept out of action. By skipping the start, they give Harvey nearly a week and half of time off, though, in the middle of that time frame is the 2013 MLB All-Star game which Harvey is to participate in.
Given the game will be played at Citi Field, it’s likely they’d still give Harvey the opportunity to pitch at least an inning, but the last thing they want to do is re-aggravate the blister if it’s healing properly.
Hopefully for Harvey and the Mets, all will be fine come next week and he’ll be able to pitch, blister free.