With Jason Vargas' return from the DL looming, Mickey Callaway won't commit to another Matt Harvey start after his disappointing performance against the Braves on Thursday night. As for Harvey in his postgame interviews, he asserted that he is a starting pitcher.
Over six innings in Atlanta, Harvey allowed six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk. All six runs came within the first three innings as the Mets stared down a 6-0 deficit early on.
Callaway refused to commit to Harvey's next start at his postgame news conference.
"He just didn't have his best stuff and they got to him," Callaway said. "Plain and simple."
Meanwhile, Harvey didn't entertain any ideas of moving to the bullpen.
"I'm a starting pitcher," Harvey said. "I've always been a starting pitcher. I think I showed that in the fifth, sixth inning."
When asked if he'd accept a trip to the minors, Harvey replied: "I can't answer that right now."
One of Harvey, Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler will likely be the odd man out of the rotation and, before the game, Callaway stressed that the decision will be to the team's benefit.
"We are going to make the best decision for the team and it might not be the guy who is performing the worst," Callaway said. "It might be the guy who can go in the bullpen and help us out the most, so we're going day by day and will make the right decision when the time comes."