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Mets playoffs: Matt Harvey feeling much better today, should be ready to start Game 5 vs. Cubs

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The soreness and swelling in Matt Harvey's triceps area has improved.

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Matt Harvey's sore and swollen shoulder/triceps is feeling much better today according to Mets' manager Terry Collins. Harvey will throw on the side today, and while Collins would not confirm that Harvey will make the Game 5 start, if necessary, against the Cubs on Thursday evening, it seems more than likely that he will be ready to pitch.

In the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS, Harvey was struck in the upper-right-arm area by a line drive off the bat of Cubs' center fielder Dexter Fowler. Harvey turned around, picked up the ball, and threw to first base to nab Fowler for the out. He would remain in the game after a quick check on his health by Collins and head trainer Ray Ramirez, who Harvey was immediately waving back into the dugout to signal that he was all right.

Harvey would leave the game with two outs in the eighth, after allowing a long home run to Kyle Schwarber that cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. He fanned nine Cubs in all, on his way to earning the Game 1 win.