PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Top pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia will highlight the Mets' first intrasquad game on Friday, kicking off a series of three camp games before the team's Grapefruit League opener on Monday.
Harvey and Dillon Gee will start opposite one another in Friday's seven-inning intrasquad game, with Familia relieving Gee. The following day, R.A. Dickey and Chris Schwinden will start another intrasquad game, with Mike Pelfrey squaring off against Jon Niese on Sunday.
Originally, the Mets had planned to make that final game an exhibition against the organization's STEP camp players, a group of the top Minor Leaguers not invited to big league camp. But manager Terry Collins nixed the idea, preferring to allocate playing time to his Major Leaguers.
"We have to get our guys ready," Collins said. "No disrespect to the kids over there, we've got to get at-bats for some people. There's a number of decisions to be made in this camp, and I'm not going to limit the number of times I can see these guys."