The plan changes: Sandy Alderson says Matt Harvey to be limited to two more starts

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When the controversy about Matt Harvey’s workload arose the other day, Mets GM Sandy Alderson seemed shocked that Scott Boras was taking the position that Harvey had a 180-innings limit. That shock was likely genuine as most evidence suggests that no hard cap of any kind was ever agreed upon by the Mets and Harvey.

But no matter what happened before, there seems to be a modified plan now: Sandy Alderson said today Matt Harvey likely won’t pitch beyond 180 innings in the regular season.

It’s possible he could be used for a third time if he is truly needed in the final series, but otherwise he’ll be saved for the playoffs. How much in the playoffs? Alderson said that it would depend partly on how he’s used down the stretch. The plan is not set yet, however, because Alderson has yet to talk with Scott Boras about it

Harvey has pitched 166 and a third innings so far. He will pitch against the Nats in the four-game series which just got underway.  He’ll pitch at least one more time. Beyond that? I guess we’ll see.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.