Matt Harvey says he’ll be ready to start a potential NLCS Game 5

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Mets right-hander Matt Harvey had his triceps “dented” on a comebacker off the bat of Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS, but he told Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger this afternoon that it won’t stop him from pitching in a potential Game 5 on Thursday.

Harvey has been dealing with some swelling, but he said today that he’s feeling “good.” He was even able to do some light throwing this afternoon at Wrigley Field. Asked for his opinion on how Harvey looked, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said he’s “very handsome.” Of course, discussion over Harvey’s availability for a potential Game 5 could be rendered moot if the Mets win the next two games.

Harvey dominated the Cubs in Game 1, allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine batters. All signs point to him being ready for Game 5, but Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese are alternatives if the triceps swelling lingers.