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Harvey fine after liner


NEW YORK -- New York Mets starter Matt Harvey said he's fine after being hit in the knee with a liner during Wednesday's 5-0 defeat of the Rockies.

"I woke up, no issues at all, completely fine," Harvey said Thursday. "As I knew last night, everything was OK."

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

#33 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM23
  • W9

  • L3

  • BB29

  • K178

  • ERA2.09

Harvey was hit by a liner with two outs in the ninth, but stayed in the game to finish off the first shutout of his career. He iced his knee before leaving the park, and wore a bruise pad all night. There was no swelling or discoloration Thursday morning.

"I don't feel anything," Harvey said. "We're all good."

DUDA UPDATE: The numbers game caught up to Lucas Duda.

As the outfielder attempted to return to the Mets after spending time on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, the Mets fortified their outfield and first base situation.

The Mets like their outfield of Eric Young Jr., Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd, and Josh Satin and the revitalized Ike Davis have a nice platoon working at first base. The stability at those positions left Duda as the odd man out, ultimately resulting in him being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"That's one of the reasons we ended up optioning him because right now there's not a spot for him. With what Ike has done so far, especially in the last 10 days, and the way our outfield has played, it's tough to get him in the lineup," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I'm not sure Lucas is a guy that should be an off-the-bench kind of guy. But if he starts hitting the ball like we know he's capable of, he's going to force his way back into the picture."

Duda has struggled during his rehab, hitting just .156 in the minors.

"Lucas has always been a guy who needs reps at the plate to get it going. There's a lot of moving parts to his swing. He's aware of it. I think he's had [45] at-bats so far in his rehab. He's a guy who needs a lot more than that," Collins said. "So he needs to get it going and when he starts swinging it like we know he's capable of, we'll have to make some adjustments. We'll wait to see how he swings."

UNSURE BEHIND THE PLATE: Collins is unsure about what the plan will be if catcher John Buck has to go on paternity leave with his wife overdue to have a child. The Mets could call up top prospect Travis d'Arnaud for the allotted three-day period. The Mets visit Arizona starting Friday.

"I don't know the entire situation with John's wife, I don't know how long he'll be gone. Certainly with us being on the West Coast and Travis being in Binghamton, I don't know how that's going to work," Collins said. "We just have to wait to see.

"I know certainly that was the plan a few days ago, we thought she would deliver here in the next couple of days and she hasn't. I don't know where we stand once we leave this afternoon."