NEW YORK — RHP Matt Harvey appears to be set to start for the Mets in Chicago on Thursday if the NL Championship Series reaches Game 5.
Harvey joked after Saturday night's opening 4-2 win that Dexter Fowler's line drive "kind of dented my arm a little bit, got me right in the triceps."
Mets manager Terry Collins said "there were some stitches on Harv's arm (Saturday) night, so he'll be sore (Sunday)" but also said Harvey did not arrive early at Citi Field on Sunday for treatment.
Harvey allowed two runs and four hits in 72/3 innings, struck out nine and walked two. He threw 97 pitches.
"We'll see how he is with the bruise and how it's going to affect him," Collins said. "If you're going to come back on four days' rest, keeping his pitch count where it was, I think it will be fine for him."
ROYALS' ROTATION: Kansas City manager Ned Yost chose RHP Chris Young over RHP Kris Medlen as his starter for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday. Young has made only two starts since July 28, but they were good ones. He allowed one run in 111/3 innings over those outings. "He's got really good numbers against these guys," Yost said. "They're both great choices, but you know, Chris Young, his last two starts of the year were really, really good for us. We feel like he gives us a good chance to win."
HENDRICKS FOR CUBS: RHP Kyle Hendricks will start Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Maddon also said former Rays RHP Jason Hammel would likely start Game 4.
BRUISED APPLE: There was an adhesive bandage on the bruised home run apple behind the centerfield fence at Citi Field. The apple, 16 feet tall by 18 feet in diameter and 4,800 pounds, had two large, white strips in the shape of an X on top of it, a day after it was struck by Travis d'Arnaud's 431-foot homer during the Mets' Game 1 win.
The apple, which rises after home runs, is much larger than the old Shea Stadium version, which was 9 feet high and weighed 582 pounds. The old apple is stationed near the home plate entrance of the new park.
URIBE PROGRESSING: Mets INF Juan Uribe has started doing baseball activities and could be available if New York advances. Uribe has been sidelined since Sept. 20 with a bruised chest.
A-ROD IN THE STUDIO: The Yankees are gone from the postseason, but Alex Rodriguez is sticking around. Fox said it hired him as a guest analyst for the rest of the ALCS and the World Series. He is to start today, joining pregame and postgame shows that include Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and Raul Ibanez.