Mets right-hander Matt Harvey spoke with reporters Saturday afternoon to address the brewing controversy over his innings limit. If there was any doubt about whether he’s on the same page with his agent, Scott Boras, we can officially put that to rest.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Harvey said he has always considered 180 innings as his limit for the season. He also refused to answer any questions about his availability for the playoffs and said that he’s merely focused on his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Nationals.
Here are some quotes via Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record:
Harvey, who is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, is currently at 166 1/3 innings for the year. Boras has said that Dr. James Andrews, Harvey’s surgeon, recommended that his client be shut down at 180 innings while Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said that no hard cap was provided. Either there was a huge miscommunication here or somebody isn’t telling the truth about the timeline of events. Remember, Harvey was vocal about his dislike for a six-man rotation, which one would think he should have been on board with if managing his innings and pitching deeper into the season was the goal.
The Mets still plan to have Harvey finish out the regular season and be available for a potential postseason run, but it appears that they’ll be doing so against the player’s wishes. Oh boy. While you can’t blame a player for looking out for his long-term health and earning potential, these comments aren’t going to go over well in New York.
David Price continues to be money for the first-place Blue Jays. The ace left-hander held the Orioles to one run over seven innings this afternoon in a 5-1 victory. The effort gave him the 100th win of his career.
Price allowed just three hits while walking one and striking out eight. The lone run scored on an RBI single from Caleb Joseph in his final inning of work.
As for the offense, Jose Bautista hit a solo homer and an RBI double while the hot-hitting Ryan Goins went 2-for-4 with an RBI double of his own.
Price is now 14-5 with a 2.43 ERA on the year. He has a 2.15 ERA in seven starts since coming over to the Blue Jays and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all of them.
The Blue Jays currently hold a one-game lead in the American League East, pending what happens with Rays and Yankees this afternoon.
Mike Olt will hope for better luck on the South Side, as the White Sox announced this afternoon that they have claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the Cubs. He’ll be added to the major league roster.
Olt was designated for assignment by the Cubs this week after the team acquired Austin Jackson from the Mariners. The 27-year-old appeared in seven games with the Cubs in April before going down with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. He has played exclusively in the minors since returning to full health, batting .265 with nine home runs and a .793 OPS over 59 games with Triple-A Iowa.
Olt owns .158/.245/.333 batting line over 314 plate appearances in the majors, so he’s running out of chances to make an impact, but he has landed in a pretty good situation. The White Sox could give him a look at third base down the stretch.