The Mets won’t push back Matt Harvey’s season debut after all

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Mets manager Terry Collins said back in December that right-hander Matt Harvey might not make his season debut until the team’s home opener on April 13, but it appears that there has been a change of plans.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Collins said today that the current plan calls for Harvey to start one of the team’s first five games. Limiting his workload after Tommy John surgery was one of the motivations behind potentially pushing back his season debut, but Collins said today they are more inclined to give him five-inning starts at times as opposed to skipping him in the rotation altogether.

As for how many innings Harvey will throw in 2015, don’t look for a Stephen Strasburg-like shutdown. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this week that he could log 200 innings “including the playoffs.” Hey, he’s an optimist.