Terry Collins says Matt Harvey is going through a “dead arm” period

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Matt Harvey had a rough start Saturday for the first time since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery and Mets manager Terry Collins thinks the 26-year-old right-hander is “going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens.”

There are no plans to have Harvey examined further and according to Collins he’s going to start Friday with one extra day of rest, so clearly the Mets don’t view it as a significant problem.

After the poor start Harvey told reporters: “My arm feels fine, my body feels fine.”

And even with the four-inning, seven-run start included in his overall numbers this season Harvey has a 2.91 ERA and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 59 innings to rank among the NL’s best pitchers.