Mets general manager Sandy Alderson addressed the ongoing controversy over Matt Harvey’s workload this morning. As of now, the plan calls for Harvey to make two more regular season starts and possibly a third one if the Mets need him for the final weekend of the season against the Nationals. This would likely keep him under the much-discussed 180-inning mark.
As for a potential postseason run, Alderson was much more vague this morning, mostly because so much still needs to be decided. Harvey vowed in a piece for the Players’ Tribune yesterday that he will pitch if the Mets make the playoffs, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears some details on what his workload could look like:
A person familiar with the Mets’ plans told USA TODAY Sports that after Harvey pitches Tuesday, he would be skipped in his next scheduled start, start one more time and wouldn’t make another regular-season start unless needed on the final weekend of the season against the Nationals. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic.
And if the Mets make the playoffs, he won’t start more than once during any potential playoff series and perhaps could be limited to no more than 60 pitches in a start.
In other words, his workload would be extremely limited, almost to the point where you question whether it would be worth having him on a postseason roster at all. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was quick to downplay Nightengale’s report:
We’re still a long way from clarity on this topic. Like it or not, this isn’t going away.