Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/12

The future arrived at Citi Field on Monday, eager to begin his New York Mets career.

But before losing an 8-2, 10-inning game to the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets spent most of their breath cautioning fans not to expect too much out of top prospect Matt Harvey right away.

"We've tried to make an effort to temper expectations, in part because we can't, nor can the player, guarantee immediate results," general manager Sandy Alderson said of Harvey, who will start Thursday at Arizona. "This is part of a longer-term plan, and the success may come over time."

Success has not been consistent for Harvey even at Triple-A Buffalo, where the right-hander posted a 7-5 record and 3.68 ERA in 20 starts. The organization's first-round draft pick (seventh overall) in 2010, Harvey gave up six runs over five innings in his final minor league start.

But Harvey has also tantalized the Mets with his mid-90s fastball and improving breaking pitches, a strong enough combination for most pundits to rank him the organization's second-best prospect behind only Zack Wheeler. And Wheeler is one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Combine that pedigree with the Mets' need for a starting pitcher, and the decision to call up Harvey was inevitable.

"I can't be perfect," Harvey said. "The only thing I can do is go out and do the best I can and try to win as many games as I can."

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