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Matt Harvey is excited to step on the mound next year and defend David Wright, he told columnist John Harper (Daily News, June 13).

SNY analyst Bob Ojeda said Wednesday that Wright is being moved off the plate fastball up near his head by opposing pitchers.

"It’s frustrating to watch from the sidelines and not be able to do something about it," Harvey told Harper. “When it would happen once in a while last year, I’d be the first guy to throw one behind somebody’s ear. And I don’t forget. Once I’m back I’ll be excited about getting the chance to help the captain.’’

According to Harper, Harvey said it's not his place to talk to teammates about the situation, because he’s technically not on the roster nor with the team every game as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

However, he told Harper, “If guys don’t know by now that something needs to be done, it’s going to continue to happen and that’s not acceptable.’’

Harvey is the best thing about the Mets. That's it. That's really all I have to say... I can't wait for him to be back pitching. I mean, I get pumped up just reading quotes from him talking about kicking ass, to see him on the mound doing it is a whole other experience.

I didn't want to believe it, but, maybe people were right, maybe this season's fate was sealed the minute he got hurt last year - not just because of his talent, but because of his attitude and desire to be the best player in baseball. To pull that energy, media buzz and passion from the clubhouse - because, you know, '2014 isn't about Harvey,' - is something that has always been palpable and depressing. I thought that was relegated to fans, but maybe it impacts the lockerroom as well...

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