The soap opera involving the Mets, Matt Harvey, Scott Boras and post-Tommy John surgery innings restrictions took another turn Monday morning when New York general manager Sandy Alderson suggested his young ace might only make two more starts this month and would only face the Nationals during the season’s final weekend if the game still matters.
Harvey, in his first season back from elbow ligament surgery, is fast approaching the 180-inning limit reportedly prescribed to him by orthopedist James Andrews and made public over the weekend by Boras. Sitting at 166 1/3 innings entering Tuesday night’s showdown at Nationals Park, Harvey probably is good for only one more start after this appearance.
Alderson suggested as much during a session with reporters in the visitors’ dugout prior to Monday’s game, saying Harvey could be skipped over multiple times down the stretch and might not pitch at all between the two series against the Nationals.
“He’s going to pitch tomorrow, and we have talked about him pitching one of the last games of the season against Washington, if that game is meaningful,” Alderson said. “So if you count that as part of the regular season, you come up with one number. If you count that as a ‘quote’ playoff game — because that’s really what it is at that point — then it’s a little bit different. At this point, I don’t expect him to make four starts in the regular season.”
Alderson also wouldn’t commit to any postseason plan for Harvey, if they make it to October, saying that would depend on how the right-hander feels at that point.
“How he’s used in the postseason is really going to be a function of how he’s gotten through six months of the regular season,” the GM said. “I can’t sit here and say he’s going to be available through the entire playoffs, because we don’t know how he will feel and what all of the considerations are at that time. That’s the position we’ve always had. When we get there, we’ll figure it out.
“Matt has always said he wants to pitch in the playoffs. I absolutely believe that he has meant that every time he has said that. At the same time, we have said we want him available in the playoffs. But how exactly that gets executed, I think, is a function of the circumstances as we get closer, assuming that it’s even a possibility to get there.”