Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Mets sticking with struggling ace Harvey

WASHINGTON — Matt Harvey, mired in the worst spiral of his career, will get another chance to stop the bleeding.

The struggling right-hander will remain in the Mets rotation and is scheduled to start Monday against the White Sox at Citi Field.

"I'm not giving up on him," manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

The Mets did not give real consideration to demoting Harvey, whose 6.08 ERA ranked 101st out of 105 qualifying pitchers entering Wednesday. Nor did they seem keen on stashing him in the bullpen or skipping his next turn to straighten out his mechanics.

As he did after his latest brutal outing Tuesday, Harvey declined comment.

Harvey gave up five runs on eight hits, including three home runs, and two walks while striking out just one in five innings Tuesday night in a 7-4 loss to the Nationals. The one strikeout was the fewest in his MLB career, spanning 75 regular-season starts.

His previous outing, also against the Nationals, lasted just 22/3 innings.

Also, the Mets removed former Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the lineup after the first pitch of Wednesday's game because of back spasms.

BLUE JAYS: 2B Devon Travis, who hasn't played since July 28 because of left shoulder inflammation, was activated from the disabled list. Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

CARDINALS: 3B Matt Carpenter was out of the lineup to be with his wife, who went into labor before the game with their first child.

MARLINS: C Carlos Corporan agreed to a minor-league contract days after being released from his minor-league deal by the Rays.

TIGERS: Manager Brad Ausmus missed the game against the Phillies because of the death of his mother. Ausmus is also expected to miss Friday's game because of his daughter's high school graduation.

YANKEES: Minor-league C Gary Sanchez, one of the team's top prospects, suffered a crack in his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was sent to New York for more tests.

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