Mets activate RHP Matt Harvey, Select RHP Manny Acosta

FLUSHING, N.Y., July 24, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced the club has activated righthanded pitcher Matt Harvey from the taxi squad, selected righthanded pitcher Manny Acosta from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and optioned outfielder Lucas Duda and righthanded pitcher Pedro Beato to Buffalo. Harvey will wear #33 and is scheduled to make his major league debut in a start Thursday at Arizona. Acosta will wear #46 and is available for tonight’s game.

Acosta, 31, started the year with the Mets, going 1-2 with an 11.86 ERA?(29 earned runs/22.0 innings) in 19 games before he was designated for assignment on May 29. Acosta was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA?(seven earned runs/28.0 innings) with 25 strikeouts in 17 contests for Buffalo.

Harvey, 23, is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA (45 earned runs/110.0 innings) and ranks second in the International League with 112 strikeouts in 20 starts for Buffalo this year. He was named to the International League All-Star team and tossed 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings with two strikeouts in the Triple-A All-Star Game, earning Top Star honors for his performance. Harvey has struck out 10 or more batters in three starts this season. The Mets’ first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft went 13-5 with a 3.32 ERA (50 earned runs/135.2 innings) in 26 starts with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League last year. Harvey graduated from Fitch High School in Groton, CT and played three years at the University of North Carolina before he was drafted by the Mets.

Duda, 26, was hitting .241 (74-307) with 37 runs scored, 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 89 games with the Mets this year.

Beato, 25, went 0-0 with 10.38 ERA (five earned runs/4.1 innings) in seven relief appearances with New York this season.