Matt Harvey may have had some extra rest heading into Tuesday's game against the White Sox, but he doesn't think it will be much of an issue. New York's prized right-hander threw 121 pitches last Monday in a game that went 15 innings, and the Mets will bring him back a week later against Chicago.
"I don't get sore at all," Harvey said on Sunday. "I know if I worked too hard, the next day might be different. But I was fine all week. My bullpen was great. I'm looking forward to Tuesday."
Harvey has been impeccable for the Mets this season, winning his first four starts and never letting his ERA rise above 1.60. The right-hander has recorded two straight no-decisions, but he's allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his first six outings and has given up just two home runs this season.
The White Sox will counter with Hector Santiago, which makes Tuesday's opener all the more interesting. Santiago, a 25-year-old southpaw, moved into the rotation and allowed just one run in his last outing, and he's held opposing hitters to a .214 average in his first eight appearances.
Santiago held batters to a similar average -- .211 -- last year as a swing man, and he made four starts over the course of the season. The left-hander allowed 10 home runs in 70 1/3 innings and walked (40) half as many batters as he struck out (79) as a rookie. This year, he has 17 strikeouts and five walks.
The Mets lost their finale in Atlanta but took a series split against the top team in the National League East, and New York is now 7-10 against its division rivals. Harvey used those 121 pitches effectively, but he couldn't get out of the sixth inning in his last start. The Mets will need him to set the tone against Chicago.
"Every time I go out there, I'm trying to go seven, eight [or] nine innings," said Harvey, who has completed seven innings in four of his first six starts. "Obviously, I wasn't happy with the pitches per inning, but I feel like I can go out there 120-130 pitches each time. My body can handle it."
This two-game series will also be a homecoming of sorts for White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who played for the Mets from 1999-2001. His tenure in New York included two postseason appearances in '99 and 2000.
"For me, it was a great time," Ventura said. "My family enjoyed being there. The Mets were very good to me. Going back, you see a lot of people that you are friends with and happy to see."
White Sox: Floyd to undergo season-ending surgery
Right-hander Gavin Floyd will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his pitching elbow. His expected recovery time is 14-19 months.
Floyd went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this season, the final year of his contract with the White Sox. He left his last outing on April 27 after 2 2/3 innings.
• Right-hander Jake Peavy threw off the mound Monday and said he'll be good to go Wednesday against the Mets. Peavy, who had back spasms Thursday in Texas, will continue to receive treatment until Wednesday. He threw without pain Sunday before stepping on the mound Monday.
"We're all on point to go Wednesday night," Peavy said. "I'm super excited about that, and can't thank our training staff enough. A few days ago, I didn't feel good at all."
Mets: Tejada struggling against righties
Shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0-for-5 Sunday as the leadoff hitter, and he's batting just .224 (15-for-67) against right-handed pitchers this season. Tejada went into Sunday's game batting .318 in the leadoff spot, but he's now at .259 (7-for-27) with three extra-base hits and four runs scored.
Tejada was one of the Mets' hottest hitters in the first half last season, as he batted .299 in April and over .300 in each of the season's next three months. The right-handed hitter batted .325 in the first half last year before slumping to .269 in the second half. Now the Mets are waiting for him to ignite.
• The Mets already have three victories when trailing after eight innings, matching the team's total from last season.
• This is Chicago's second meeting with the Mets. The White Sox took two of three from the Mets from June 10-12, 2002. The Mets are the only National League team the Sox haven't played on the road.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.