"He was rusty. You could see that in the beginning," Collins said. "That's why his pitch count got up to what it was. He wanted to throw another inning. And I just said, 'We can't do it. That's why we gave you the time off. We aren't here to tax you. We're here to make sure you can get through the month and play into the postseason.'"
Harvey wanted to stay in the game, but understood that the team is just trying to keep his arm fresh for October.
"Although I wanted to stay out there, it was ultimately his call," Harvey said.
The Mets plan on skipping a start for Noah Syndergaard and do not intend on skipping Harvey again. Though that's not to say it won't happen.
"We do not plan on having to skip him again," Collins said of Harvey. "We don't want to. But you can't say we're not going to."