(WTNH)–The New York Mets are tentatively planning to pitch Matt Harvey twice more during the regular season, and will skip his next scheduled start, according to a report from ESPNNewYork’s Adam Rubin.
The team will go to a six-man rotation to ease the workload on their pitchers down the stretch, according to the report. Harvey’s turn in the rotation is scheduled come up four more times during the regular season.
Here’s what Rubin said on ESPN.com:
“Sandy Alderson: Mets’ tentative plan is to have Matt Harvey face the Yankees and Nationals last week, but that’s subject to further consultation with Dr. [James] Andrews. Logan Verrett likely for Monday vs. Marlins in Harvey’s place. Mets hope to skip Jacob deGrom once, too, if standings allow to rejuvenate for postseason.”
Harvey has dominated New York sports talk since agent Scott Boras told reporters that his client has a strict 180 innings limit and would not pitch past it, even in the postseason.
Harvey refuted that suggestion on “The Players Tribune,” a website started by Derek Jeter that is supposed to allow athletes to speak directly to fans without going through the media.
“You’ve heard about the 180-85 innings gap,” Harvey wrote. “Regardless of those numbers, I hope everyone knows: I have always wanted to play. I have always wanted to pitch every single chance I get. Especially in the playoffs.”
“I am communicating with my agent, my doctor, [GM Sandy Alderson], and the entire Mets organization. I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page.
A report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale said Harvey would pitch in the playoffs, but be limited to 60 pitches per start. Alderson refuted that report on Tuesday.
The Mets–and Harvey–are helped by the fact that they have opened up a six-game lead over the second-place Washington Nationals in the N.L. East standings after coming back from a 7-1 deficit to win 8-7 in Harvey’s last start on Tuesday.
If the Mets can keep a healthy distance between themselves and the Nats, the fact that the 26-year-old isn’t pitching down the stretch isn’t as big of a deal.
Harvey, though, has said in the past that he doesn’t like the six-man rotation because it messes with his rythm. Other contenders, like the St. Louis Cardinals, are also skipping their young starters (Michael Wacha will skip his next start) due to workload concerns.
Harvey is from Groton, Conn., and pitched at Fitch High School.