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I try to tell him each and every time, in every conversation, I look around the stadium and there's still a lot of Matt Harvey jerseys being worn.' So he's still a guy. You've got to move on and get past it all, and take it one step at a time.feedback
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Those are the kind of situations where you look back at the time when Buck Showalter walked Bonds with the bases loaded rather than pitch to him. It was the same feeling -- 'I might want to walk, pitch around this guy, [rather] than give him a chance to hit.' But fortunately [Reed] made some good pitches.feedback

He has gotten to the point where he's one of the guys we're relying on.feedback

Before the game, I felt like I was 50 again. Now I'm back to being 67.feedback

Right now he's one of our horses, and we've got to ride it to get this on the right track. I was thinking I'd almost rather walk this guy than give him a pitch to hit. I considered it, absolutely.feedback

We saw it last year in the beginning, but I thought he got a little home run happy and kind of changed his swing. Now, he's not. He's seeing the ball very good right now. It's added up to a great start.feedback

He's returned to the swing he had when he first got to the major leagues. A little flatter swing, not so much trying to hit the ball in the air. He's just trying to hit the ball hard. He's back to where he's hit some of his homers to left field, which is what made him so successful his first year.feedback

That's what we're looking to do, get our starting pitchers to really carry us. Jake did a tremendous job tonight. He reached back when he needed to and made big pitches. That's what we've come to expect from those guys.feedback

He's getting pitches out over the plate and he's driving them.feedback

When things aren't going good, nothing goes good. When you face great pitchers and you got them on the ropes, you better get them. If you let them off, they end up putting you away, and that's kinda what happened.feedback

There are so many other things that are more frustrating, to be honest.feedback

It's been hard. But it is what it is, and you've got to manage it anyway. And if you overexpose them like two innings, that's when you're going to run into those problems. We've had to do that.feedback

We've certainly got to take a good hard look at where he's going to fit. He's got a good arm, and we've seen him pitch well and pitch big here.feedback

If he's not going to be able to play for a few days, we've got to get a guy in here. We're not sitting in a situation where we can play too short.feedback

You get up in the morning around here, and you don't know what you're going to face.feedback

I'm tired. I'm not overly tired. But you get up in the morning because you're energized, and because you have to be to manage in this city.feedback

It's too easy to say, Woe is me and let's worry about next year. This is New York. Tomorrow is the next biggest day on the schedule.feedback

People were telling me, You're only gonna be here until they get to be good, and they'll get somebody else. I'm thrilled to still be here. This is a great place to manage. It's really fun. A tremendous fan base with great passion for the team and the game. I don't take any offense if fans don't like a move. If they all worked, I'd be the best manager in the history of the game. They don't always work. When you can't do that anymore, then you've got to hand it over to the next guy.feedback

From my [standpoint] it turned out a lot better than what I had heard, what I was thinking it might be. I have not heard a time frame, but I know according to [Mets trainer] Ray [Ramirez] the surgery was a little different than the other guys. It actually turned out to be -- no surgery is good -- but better than it could have been.feedback

It's been shocking to me. We should be pitching better.feedback

I'm pretty concerned. We're not seeing how good we know he can be. We're not seeing that good sink or command of his secondary pitches.feedback

It's hard. You feel for him when you see a guy who set the bar so high for what he expected from himself.feedback

This guy is one of our top pitchers. We've got to get six innings out of him. I thought after the fifth inning, he was really starting to get it down. I'm sure he's upset about the sixth.feedback

Fifth inning was his best inning of the night. We were hoping we could get through the bottom of the order so we could worry about the matchups later on. But couldn't do it.feedback

You feel for him. It's like anything, when you see a guy who has set the bar so high for what you expect out of him ... the game is hard. You're coming off surgery and it's a process to get back.feedback

Second inning, third inning, he really struggled. Fourth inning and fifth inning, he threw the ball great.feedback

We could certainly have taken him out at that time. I thought the way he was throwing the ball, we could have gotten another inning out of him. Then it really would have been a positive.feedback

They're pretty painful injuries, but this is a big one.feedback

I think everybody deserves a second chance. What Matt said to me, he's going to get after it like he did in the past. I told him he needs to make baseball number one. When he did that, he was on top of the world, you know? This guy was the best pitcher in the game. He made that the priority. And when he makes that the priority again, he'll be back.feedback

I don't think he thinks he has to do it by himself anymore.feedback

He needs to take it as pretty special. Nobody likes to be embarrassed. And that's kind of where he's at right now, more than anything. So we're going to fix that. We're going to help fix that.feedback

He said he threw the ball to both sides of the plate. He said he's got a feel for his off-speed pitches, so we'll find out when we get him out there.feedback

You make a mistake. You stand up, be accountable and move on. And you know what? People forget about it. We have a policy here. We had to do something. Sandy did it. I respect it. I thought it was the right thing to do. I know it's dramatic, but I think any team in baseball would have probably reacted very similarly. And it wasn't just Matt Harvey. Anybody in that room that misses a day and nobody knows about it, we've got to do the same thing.feedback

I told Matt he needs to make baseball No. 1. When he did that before, he was on top of the world. This guy was the best pitcher in the game when he made that his priority. And when he makes it the priority again, he'll be back. You've got to be able to put the blinders on and direct yourself down that path and say, I'm not going to let any of that other stuff get in the way right now.feedback

I wish I could tell you how many times somebody has said to me, Hey, I'm going to do this.' The answer I give them is, Don't tell me -- show me.' That speaks more than anything else.feedback

We have gotten where we have gotten the last two years with all of the things that have happened here because we have a tremendous clubhouse. If you're talking about the pranks guys play on each other, that's part of the gig here, that's part of professional – that's part of a clubhouse atmosphere. People outside don't like it, we really don't care. It's about our guys relaxing and having some fun.feedback

Pretty tough situation to put him in, but it's what we had to do. There were rules here that weren't adhered to and we took a stance.feedback

We are going to keep it in house, the way it's supposed to be. We hope to put it behind us and move forward. There were some moves made last night because we felt this might occur.feedback

Everybody's different, but we got a job to do here and this guy has a chance to be one of the best in the game. And it's got to become his No. 1 priority right now.feedback

There's things with this job that certainly are internal that the public can't see and how hard it is, and this one's a tough one. We hope to put it behind us and move forward. To be honest, there were some moves made last night because we felt this might occur, that we had to protect our pitching staff a little bit.feedback

I have too much respect for the people in Atlanta to say much.feedback

He's upbeat because he thinks he's got his swing back. He said, When I come back, I'm going to continue where I left off.feedback

It's pretty frustrating for us, because we know what this guy's potential is. We've seen it. It seems like just as he starts to get it going, something happens. It's not one of those three- or four-day things; it's something that takes him out of the lineup for two weeks, for three weeks. Hopefully, this doesn't take that long. It sounds like it's not a big deal, but we know from the past it is a big deal. So there's no time frame right now.feedback

I don't know if what they're saying really coincides with how they really feel. If anybody thinks from what we said in spring training that is not our first priority, to make sure these guys are O.K., they're crazy. This is all we've harped on.feedback

Somebody has got to pick up the slack. I'm not asking any starting pitcher to become Noah Syndergaard. I'm asking him to be himself and go pitch a good game. ... In the case of offense without Cespedes in the middle of your lineup, you're asking (Jay) Bruce, (Neil) Walker and (Curtis Granderson) to drive some runs in.feedback

You're allowed 24 hours to be upset, then you've got to move forward.feedback

This certainly is something we could not foresee.feedback

To get both of those guys back is going to be big. All of a sudden you're looking at one or two guys closer to having your regular lineup out there.feedback

There will be some things that he's gonna have to do before the game. Because if you remember last year, we ran through a similar situation. And first game that he played after taking a few days off he ended up getting hurt, we'll make sure that doesn't happen.feedback

If Tuesday comes and he's not much better, I think we'll have to take a look at that.feedback

I got a good team, and they're only good when they're playing. We've been through it before. It's frustrating to know that we're better than what's going on right now.feedback

We can afford to lose Ces for this series, as big as it is, as opposed to losing him for the next three and a half or four weeks. If he strains that hamstring even more, we don't know how long he'll be out. I can afford to lose you for a day, maybe two, but I'm not losing you for three or four weeks.feedback

If David Wright could throw the ball across the infield, he could play today. It's about getting that arm back, and how long that's going to take, no one knows.feedback

But we're gonna add a nice piece tomorrow. Pretty nice piece.feedback

We've played a lot of long games. With all these young starters, especially in this cold weather – three of them coming off surgeries – we're trying to protect them a little bit early. So therefore we've had to ask our bullpen to step up a little bit more than we maybe normally would this time of year, but we knew that going in. That was explained in spring training to everybody: 'Hey, this is what you're going to face.' I think for the most part they've done a good job.feedback

You go with who you've got. We've played very well, and we've gotten the job done with the guys we have down there.feedback

This is a good baseball team. We have issues like everybody else, but we're trying to mesh a pitching staff that we've got to be careful of and a bullpen that we've got to be careful of. We're going to be O.K.feedback

We could've ran Jake back out there, but if something happens during the summertime and he runs out of gas or something, we can't look back on a game on April 15 when he threw 115 pitches.feedback

We've made a commitment to take care of these guys and make sure we don't overdo it. It's easy to second-guess.feedback

I've got the F.B.I. out looking for the real Jose Reyes right now. He's being held somewhere.feedback

It's just what we're facing when you have a night like last night.feedback

I'm a development kind of guy. That's what my background is. But now I'm a winning kind of guy. Those three guys have huge track records going for them. Well do the best we can and try to keep him sharp.feedback

The one thing he has done is show us that he can handle the role off the bench. That's been a big factor.feedback

Those other guys have huge track records going for them.feedback

This is the perfect world. He's dangerous off the bench.feedback

It's hard because I'm a development kind of guy. That's where my background is. But right now, I'm a winning kind of a guy.feedback

Don't think for one second this guy's not going to have a huge year. This guy is dynamite.feedback

I've got the FBI out looking for the real Jose Reyes.feedback

Wins in April are important and this is one we grabbed.feedback

I know it's in there. That tells you what kind of stuff he's got. Even on nights when he's off, he gets you deep in the game.feedback

We live with the long ball, and nights where it's cold and windy, it's tough to do that.feedback

We're going to hit. You combine that with pitching I still think is going to be dominant, I think we'll be just fine.feedback

You break this guy down pitch for pitch, he's got as quality of stuff as anyone on the staff.feedback

In about that seventh inning you can only be chilled so many times. Finally it starts to get into those hands and the knees and all the joints that are in that static starting position. All of a sudden they start to get sore after a while.feedback

What I saw was a guy who was very frustrated with the way things went last year. He had a bad year, and big-league star players don't like to be embarrassed. I think he was somewhat embarrassed by what happened, so he came into camp bound and determined to prove he's the same guy.feedback

Certainly, he'll (be) amped up. Emotionally, I'm sure he'll be nervous.feedback

You're going to look hopefully in the middle of the summer and he's going to be back to where he was. Now, is he going to be throwing 98 again? I don't know. I don't have a crystal ball. But I think Matt Harvey can pitch as good as anybody when he's at 93 to 95, and he showed it tonight.feedback

We know how important it is to keep our pitchers healthy. Dan and I had been contemplating giving Noah the extra day this week, and this settles it. We have to let that blister heal up, and we're going to push him back a day.feedback

I think it's the right decision. We've got to stay healthy. We've preached it and preached it and preached it, and now we've got to act on it.feedback

When runners were in scoring position, he upped his game, and that's what the great ones do. You watch them and they can coast along and coast along, and all of a sudden they get under pressure and their stuff gets just a little bit better. That's what I saw out of him today.feedback

We lost Seth Lugo today for a period of time. That's a very common thing these days. They'll dry it out in the next couple of days, and he'll be ready.feedback

He's going to miss some time with his elbow. We've got to make sure we keep these five guys healthy.feedback

He does keep himself in great shape, but the wear and tear of playing center field is going to be tough on his legs at times.feedback

This kid's not afraid of anything in any situation. He knows what he can do and he goes out and does it.feedback

The biggest worry, after two years, his command. Is he going to be able to bounce back? So far, he's shown that he's back. That's why I'm so happy about the way he threw.feedback

I'm worried about command. If his command is good, he can pitch.feedback

The other guys are 18. He's not. I think if there's anybody who needs to make a fast jump, it'd be somebody in his category. When you talk to him about his experiences, it's about, Hey, look, you pick your game up when you play against better competition.' We're hoping that helps him get out of the gate. I understand all the hoopla of who he is and what he's done. He's handled himself tremendously in the clubhouse. The guys have taken to him. He wants to be just part of the guys.feedback

I'm going to get him over here and get him some games when we need players. I talked to everybody involved and they're all for it, so we'll do that. He's not going to play a lot, but right now we need players because some guys are tired.feedback

After I saw what happened last year I'm not on anything. I know we're going to need 10 starters before the season's over, and a plot full of relievers.feedback

I think he's great for our organization and great for our fans. He's a pretty famous guy, and it will be fun to get him out there.feedback

Yeah, especially with what's happened the last couple of years with our pitching, some of the big injuries we've had – and especially him. We had already planned to bring these guys along slow and I didn't want to rush them, and I think he'd have to be rushed to go pitch in the W.B.C. I know it's an honor to pitch for your country, I understand all that stuff. But this guy's at the beginning of a very, very long and successful career, and I thought he did the right thing.feedback

I salute him for what he's trying to do. It's not going to be easy.feedback

He's a special person. He's a tremendous athlete. He's got a huge name in the sports world. And he's in our organization trying to be a baseball player. I know he's a tremendous competitor, and I know he's a winner and that's going to mean a lot in that big clubhouse full of young kids over there.feedback

He's a star in Florida – he should be. Our players, they're athletes, too. They're fans, too. They would probably like to know how to run a quarterback sneak one day.feedback

We can handle anybody with a name on his back in our camp. If they decide to send him to camp, we'll get him better.feedback

His personality, he's won, this guy has won wherever he's been. That's why I'm surprised when I see guys that walk out on a sports field someplace, they win. They know how to win games and that make-up is important to have.feedback

I really thought for sure he was going to end up in Washington. I really did. We dodged a bullet.feedback

They were written off so many times this summer and yet they kept fighting back. ... You've got to have special people and special character to play in this town and in this environment, and that's in that room.feedback

We're disappointed, but we'll be able to get healthy, and we'll be back.feedback

We probably need to do a little better job of working the count.feedback

He's one of the game's great big-game pitchers.feedback

And that's why I'm so proud of these guys, because this isn't a lineup that we came into spring training and said, Boy, this is a good-looking lineup.feedback

Good major league players, when it comes crunch time, they turn it on. So I'm not really sure that momentum going in means a whole lot. Both of us have had to play good at the end – we did.feedback

He's not afraid. He wants to take charge. His stuff speaks for itself. I think he's grown as a pitcher. I think he trusts his stuff a lot more now.feedback

He epitomizes what the game's about. Our game is bigger than a lot of things. It will always go on. We'll remember Jose. You've got to play the game in his honor. He would want to be out there.feedback

When the first pitch left his hand, the first thought is, Oh, wow, this is something special. This was not only one of the greatest pitchers in the modern game but one of the finest young men you'd ever meet, who played the game with passion and fun and enjoyed being out there.feedback

But we'll get through it, because we have to. Everybody that's ever played the game knows it has to go on.feedback

There's a lot of concern. He wants to wait one more day, which I totally get. The more rest, the better he's going to feel. So let's just see how he is tomorrow.feedback

He kind of thinks he's a lot better today and that's why we think tomorrow we'll know a lot more.feedback

We got ourselves where we wanted to be. We just couldn't finish it off.feedback

He made a good pitch. It's one of those things where they hit it where nobody was standing. But we'll regroup.feedback

He's going to get some playing time as we wait for Cabby to get better.feedback

He has not shown any signs of discomfort. I think it's very possible you will see him in Miami. It would be nice to have him in that park.feedback

She fought, fought and fought. She came to work as long as she could. She loved her job and loved the Mets. I have so much admiration for the way she conducted herself the last several years.feedback

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