Mets manager: Matt Harvey could have 'dead arm'

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey could have a "dead arm," according to manager Terry Collins
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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey may have a "dead arm," manager Terry Collins said after Harvey had one of the worst starts of his career on Saturday.

The righthander was tagged for seven earned runs in four innings and threw two wild pitches in an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the shortest start of his career.

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Harvey’s arm issues won’t require any medical exams.

"I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens. This might help him to have an extra day to get him back on track," Collins said to the New York Daily News. “He's going to pitch Friday with five days' rest, be ready to go."

Harvey, 26, is in his first season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013 after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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"Everything was kind of all over the place," Harvey said after the Pirates loss. "I wasn't locating, obviously. My arm feels fine, my body feels fine. It was one of those days where if I tried to spin it, it was over the middle. If I tried to throw a fastball in, it was away and vice versa. It's just a pretty terrible outing."

Harvey is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine starts for the Mets, who have lost three in a row and five of their last six games.

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