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Mets playoffs: Matt Harvey is sore and swollen after Game 1 comebacker

Matt Harvey took a liner off of his right shoulder in Game 1, but is still in line for his start in Game 5.

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Matt Harvey is sore and swollen after taking a ball off of his shoulder-slash-triceps in Game 1, and Terry Collins is "pretty surprised" by the severity of it. Collins says that Harvey is still in line to pitch Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs, if necessary, but that his starter is questionable.

In the sixth inning of Game 1, Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler lined a fastball right back at Harvey, which struck the Mets starter in the upper part of his right arm. Harvey was able to pick up the ball and throw out Fowler at first. Collins and head trainer Ray Ramirez leapt from the dugout to check on Harvey, who tried in vain to wave them away. They eventually shared smiles on the field and Harvey remained in the game.

Harvey's availability to make two starts in a series has been a point of debate and consternation throughout the postseason. His innings limit has been discussed ad nauseam all year long. Including the postseason, Harvey has thrown the fifth-most innings ever in a pitcher's first season back from Tommy John surgery, racking up 202 innings (so far) in 2015.