The Reds were vague about their plans for Matt Harvey after trading for him. They cleared that up in a big way Thursday.
Harvey will start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers here. He replaced Brandon Finnegan, who will be sent to Triple-A Louisville.
“Based on what (Harvey’s) been doing recently, it will create itself,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “. . . He might go an inning or two. He might go four. He’s thrown a lot of extended bullpens since he’s been away from the Mets.
“He’s healthy and ready to go. We’ll get him out at a certain pitch count. That hasn’t been determined yet.”
Harvey, the 29-year-old right-hander, met the Reds here. He had been at his agent Scott Boras complex in Newport Beach working out.
“It was nice to hear that I’d be starting this weekend. I want to help this team anyway I can. I’m excited to get the ball.”
Harvey was happy to be a Red. He admitted that last two years with the Mets have been difficult. A lot of pop psychologists think the sure for him is his escape from New York.
“I’ve had a lot of people say that’s the best thing,” he said. “I think pitching is what is important. Obviously, I’ve had a lot of success in not New York and not success. I think regardless of where you are it’s pithing and performing. You still have to get hitters out. Half the games on the road anyway.”
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Harvey was 25-18 with a 2.53 ERA through the 2015 season. He is 9-19 with a 5.93 ERA since. Part of his struggles was related to health. He had surgery in 2016 and 2017. He says he is healthy now.
“I feel great,” he said. “I think I told the Mets that each time I was going out. The numbers didn’t show that. But I was getting much closer to where I want to be on the mound. When you out there and you’ve struggled and you want to help a winning team, you put a lot of pressure on that. I think I might have over-pressured myself. I wasn’t able to enjoy and let fall into place.”
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