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Bisons ace Harvey gets the call; will start for Mets Thursday in Arizona

In the end, justice and sanity prevailed for the New York Mets. They were late in promoting Bisons ace Matt Harvey to their rotation and you had to wonder after he blew up Saturday night against Charlotte if they were going to look elsewhere but Harvey finally got the call to Queens Sunday night.

He'll be on the Mets' taxi squad on Monday, be put on the active roster Tuesday and will make his major-league debut for the Mets Thursday night in Arizona.

With injuries to Johan Santana and Dillon Gee, it would appear Harvey will likely stay the rest of the year in the big leagues. Realistically, he's got nothing left to prove here anyway.

Harvey is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in an International League-high 20 starts for the Bisons. His 112 strikeouts are second in the IL and tied seventh-most in a single season in the Bisons modern era.

Harvey's departure almost certainly signals the promotion of top prospect Zach Wheeler from Double-A Binghamton to replace him. Wheeler, a 22-year-old right-hander acquired last year from San Francisco for Carlos Beltran, is 9-5 with a 2.99 ERA and 101 strikeouts for the B-Mets. 

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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