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Mets expected to shut down Matt Harvey at 200 innings

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on June 28, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Matt Harvey’s case for the Cy Young award will likely take a hit late in the season, as Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets plan to shut down the 24-year-old right-hander once he reaches 200 innings.

There’s no official plan, but according to DiComo “the working assumption is that they will not allow him to exceed last year’s total of 169.1 innings by much more than 30.”

Harvey has thrown 159.2 innings through 23 starts and has 10 starts left if he remains on the usual schedule, which would add up to around 230 innings. So to keep Harvey at 200 innings or fewer the Mets would likely have to skip at least four of his starts, which would mean missing the final three weeks of the season or having his turn in the rotation skipped multiple times before then.

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