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Asked if the Mets were concerned that they had put Harvey in a difficult spot on Thursday, given
that he had season-ending surgery just a year ago, Collins said, “This is not a perfect world we live in, so you’ve got to make adjustments.”
That has been the Mets’ 2017 season to date, with Friday as a fitting addition.
Collins said Cespedes’s magnetic resonance imaging examination had not revealed anything beyond the expected
strain, which he said was in a different area than Cespedes’ hamstring tightness last week.
“It’s part of the job,” Collins said, adding, “I understand you have injuries, but to have so many early, it’s been a little frustrating.”
The Mets received a bit of good news with Syndergaard being cleared from Sunday’s game.
Harvey struggled filling in for Syndergaard and said after the game
that he had not been physically prepared to start, citing the fact that he had done a heavy workout on Wednesday thinking he would not pitch until Friday.
I’m going back out.’ I felt good.”
It was an outcome that seemed unlikely earlier in the day, when the Mets
and Collins were juggling a wide range of scenarios because of their injuries to David Wright, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Nimmo, Seth Lugo, Cespedes, Matz, Syndergaard, and Duda.
The Mets’ ace, Noah Syndergaard, threw a bullpen sessions on Friday,
and was scheduled to start on Sunday after a tired right biceps and shoulder forced the team to scratch him from his Thursday start out of caution.
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