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Harvey throws 4th rehab start at Double-A

Right-hander slated to rejoin Mets on Friday
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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey completed 4 2/3 innings in another rehab outing for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk in a road start against the Portland Sea Dogs. Harvey also finished with two strikeouts.

Harvey worked around a leadoff single in the first, then finished the second with back-to-back strikeouts. The right-hander retired seven consecutive batters before shortstop Luis Guillorme made an error with one out in the third.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey completed 4 2/3 innings in another rehab outing for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk in a road start against the Portland Sea Dogs. Harvey also finished with two strikeouts.

Harvey worked around a leadoff single in the first, then finished the second with back-to-back strikeouts. The right-hander retired seven consecutive batters before shortstop Luis Guillorme made an error with one out in the third.

Things unraveled a bit for Harvey from there, as he allowed a single and then an RBI double by Portland shortstop Chad De La Guerra to bring in the first two runs of the evening. Harvey walked the next batter before inducing a double play to end the inning. He allowed an RBI single to Portland center fielder Cole Sturgeon in the fourth before exiting the game with two outs in the fifth after two runners reached on catcher's interference and a hit by pitch. Those two runners came around to score after Harvey's departure and were charged to the starter.

Harvey was working on a 75-pitch count maximum Saturday, and finished with 47 strikes in 72 pitches. Mets manager Terry Collins has previously said he would like to see Harvey go between 80 and 85 pitches before having him start a Major League game.

Saturday marked Harvey's fourth Minor League rehab start as he works his way back from the broken bone in his scapula that has sidelined him from big league action since June 15. He allowed one run over two combined outings with Class A Brooklyn, then allowed a pair of runs in three innings for Binghamton on Monday. The plan is for Harvey to rejoin the Mets on Friday in Houston when rosters expand.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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