Mets news: Matt Harvey dealt with illness during Sunday’s start

By Danny Abriano

Matt Harvey pitched Sunday’s game while ill, he told reporters after the game.

Harvey, who was given antibiotics before the game, said he felt weak and run down.

"When i woke up i couldn’t swallow very well…at that point not sleeping too well and coming into the park i texted one of our trainers and told him I’m coming in not feeling too great. Last thing I want to do is give up a start. It was a battle. I feel like they (the training staff) did a great job trying  to prepare me as best as possible for the outing. Kind of had to battle through it.  — took antibiotics before the game."

Terry Collins told reporters that Harvey, who allowed four earned runs on eight hits in six innings while walking none and striking out seven, was in danger of missing his start but pushed through it.


Harvey was pretty dominant until the seventh inning, when he gave up three consecutive singles to open the frame before being removed.

Knowing now that Harvey was ill, it seems that he probably just ran out of gas in the seventh due to the illness.

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I was wondering during the game (before it was known that Harvey was sick) if the Mets would pull him after the fifth or sixth to conserve his innings since they had a big lead, and was a bit surprised when he came out to start the seventh.

If I was Terry Collins, knowing that Harvey was sick, I would’ve absolutely pulled him after the fifth.

Either way, the illness explains why Harvey looked human in the seventh and puts a bit of an asterisk next to his less than stellar line.

Harvey said after the game that he should be fine for his next start, and there’s no reason to believe that won’t be the case.