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Matt Harvey was scheduled to start against the Washington Nationals this afternoon, but stayed behind in Port St. Lucie to face St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, due to potential inclement weather this afternoon. Harvey pitched 3.1 innings and allowed six runs, five of them earned. According to multiple people who watched Harvey pitch, Harvey was mainly working on his secondary stuff in the game and he looked good, until he started getting touched up in his last inning of work. Harvey simply wanted to get his start in and work on his off-speed pitches. The final line of the game is meaningless, as Harvey was just focused on sharpening his arsenal against the Cardinals minor leaguers.
In WBC qualifying action, second baseman Dilson Herrera was 2-5 with an RBI single and a run scored, in Colombia’s win over Panama last night. Shortstop prospect Luis Guillorme was 1-3 with an RBI yesterday in Spain’s win over France.
Former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada signed a 1-year $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this morning. With Cardinals starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta on the shelf for the first couple of months of the season, Tejada figures to be the Cardinals starting shortstop until Peralta returns. General Manager John Mozeliak was asked by MLB.com on the move and stated,”We do feel like there is an opportunity to add depth, because Tejada was recently released, and for us it made sense to pursue this. I just think it makes our club stronger overall, and ultimately it then gives [manager] Mike [Matheny] the flexibility to utilize the different infield positions until Peralta gets back.”
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is reporting that RHP Erik Goeddel and LHP Josh Edgin will pitch in a minor league game Sunday. It will each be their first appearance in a game this spring as both pitchers are working their way back from injuries.