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Morning briefing: Harvey's up

4/24/2013

FIRST PITCH: As the Mets' rotation faces even more problems after Jon Niese took a liner off his foot Tuesday, Matt Harvey will try to get the squad back on track.

Harvey takes the hill Wednesday looking to improve to 5-0 and keep the Mets from falling below .500 for the first time all season as Tuesday's 7-2 loss dropped them to 9-9.

Wednesday's news reports

• Read recaps of Tuesday's loss in The Star-Ledger, New York Times, The Record, the Post , Newsday and the Daily News.

• Niese left Tuesday's game in the third inning after being hit on the foot on a line drive. Niese is expected to make his next start as X-rays came back negative, but he will know more after throwing a bullpen Thursday.

• The Mets promoted outfielder Juan Lagares and demoted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis batted just .125, although he only had 16 at-bats. Lagares will make his first career start Wednesday. Lagares played Tuesday and collected his first career hit. Read more in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News and Newsday.

• Shaun Marcum is ready for his start Saturday. He was scheduled to fly into New York Tuesday. Read more in The Star-Ledger and the Post.

• Mets manager Terry Collins is concerned about reliever Josh Edgin because of his extensive workload last season.

• Reliever Robert Carson earned a walk in his first career plate appearance Tuesday. Carson walked against Clayton Kershaw.

• In the Daily News, Anthony McCarron writes how the Mets don't have to worry about whether they should call-up Zack Wheeler. The Post's Kevin Kernan wrote that Wheeler doesn't deserve to be promoted.

• Former starter Aaron Laffey was claimed by the Blue Jays. Laffey had a 7.20 ERA with the Mets.

• Minor league pitcher Christian Montgomery was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy for a second time.

• The Mets will not use left fielder Lucas Duda at first base.

• John Buck talks to the Post about slight adjustments Harvey could make.

• Harvey is looking to do something very few young pitchers have ever done as he goes for win No. 5. Read more about what Harvey could accomplish Wednesday.

• LaTroy Hawkins is on his 10th team in the major leagues.

• The All-Star ballot will be unveiled today at City Hall.

From the bloggers ... Mets Police with a video of Mike Piazza doing ballet ... Rising Apple writes about Harvey's starts becoming events ... Faith and Fear in Flushing on rebuilding.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran and former Met-killer Chipper Jones both share a birthday today. Beltran is 36 while Jones turns 41.

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YOU'RE UP: As the Mets' bullpen continues to struggle, what changes would you make? Are there any immediate remedies?