Mets Matt Harvey questionable for opener

JUPITER, Fla. — The Mets spent much of this spring preaching the importance of their starting pitchers’ health, carefully scripting their throwing programs and aligning the rotation. It may have been for naught. ’s Spring Training is finished, and his Opening Night start is in jeopardy due to a “non-baseball medical issue.”

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The Mets on Monday scratched Harvey from his final Grapefruit League start Tuesday against the Marlins and were awaiting the results of his trip to the doctor. The team has not revealed the nature of Harvey’s ailment beyond stressing that it is a non-orthopedic issue, unrelated to his arm.

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“I think it’s a little early to attach any level of concern,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “We need to wait for more medical information before we decide if it’s of concern, or grave concern, or no concern.”

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Alderson said he first learned of the issue early Monday morning, when a member of the training staff informed him. Harvey visited a doctor later in the day, and he may fly to New York for a follow-up appointment.

With only six days until Opening Night in Kansas City, that leaves doubt as to whether Harvey will face the Royals.

“It’s hard to say right now,” manager Terry Collins said. “I don’t know just yet. Certainly what I do know, we’re very lucky to have the pitching that we’ve got. In case he can’t go, we’ll have someone else ready.” Harvey pumped for Opening Night Harvey honored to take the mound on Opening NightMatt Harvey Jerseys discusses being grateful and feeling honored after being named the Mets’ 2016 Opening Night starting pitcher in Kansas City

If Harvey cannot pitch, it would nonetheless create a sticky situation for the Mets. The team is already shying away from in Kansas City, because deGrom’s wife is due with the couple’s first child on April 5. That leaves Noah Syndergaard, who is currently lined up to appear in the Mets’ second game of the season, as well as and .

For now, reliever will start Tuesday at Tradition Field as the Mets wait for more information. Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

“It is mysterious,” Collins said. “But I’m not at liberty to discuss it right now. I wouldn’t assume anything until we hear from the doctors.”

Harvey, who turned 27 on Sunday, was set to enter his second full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013. He posted a 13-8 record and 2.71 ERA last year, adding two more wins and a 3.04 ERA in the postseason. In part because of the uncertainty surrounding deGrom’s availability, the Mets named Harvey their Opening Night starter earlier this month.

Now, that honor is in jeopardy, though the Mets cautioned not to make assumptions with so little cheap mlb jerseys hard information available.

“It’s way too premature for us to discuss anything related to Opening Day,” Alderson said. “I understand Opening Day is not too far away, but we’re dealing with tomorrow, and we should know something more tomorrow or the next day.

“If he had to have a wisdom tooth pulled, he wouldn’t pitch tomorrow. So let’s not jump to conclusions here.”

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