Matt Harvey: “I will pitch in the playoffs”


Mets starter Matt Harvey, responding to recent criticism over a cited 180-innings limit on the 2015 season, penned a column at The Players’ Tribune titled, “I Will Pitch in the Playoffs”.

Harvey hammers home that point, saying he will be “healthy, active, and ready to go,” assuring Mets fans the team won’t be without their ace should they reach the postseason. He writes:

I am communicating with my agent, my doctor, Sandy and the entire Mets organization. I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page.

Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season. It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run.

Harvey has a 2.60 ERA with a 158/34 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings this season. It would likely only take him two — and certainly three — more starts to reach that 180-innings limit.

The Mets lost 4-3 to the Marlins on Sunday. They will head to Washington, D.C. for a three-game series against the Nationals with a four-game first-place lead in the NL East.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.