Matt Harvey to be skipped on next turn, could return next weekend vs. Yankees

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson ran through the tentative rest-of-season plan for Matt Harvey in a chat with the media ahead of Wednesday night’s series finale against the Nationals.

Per beat writer Marc Carig of Newsday, the right-hander will be skipped on his next turn through the Mets’ rotation — with Logan Verrett likely filling in — but could then return for next weekend’s series against the crosstown Yankees. Harvey will be called on for the Mets’ final regular-season series against the Nats if he’s needed. If the Mets have already wrapped up the National League East at that point, he might just be saved for the playoffs.

That seems like a lot of time off for a guy who’s been charging hard and in a very nice groove for going on six months, but this is apparently the blueprint that has been agreed upon between Harvey, his agent Scott Boras, and the Mets’ management team.

Harvey allowed a career-high-matching seven earned runs on Tuesday night against the Nationals, but the Mets wound up winning anyway and currently hold a six-game division lead over Washington.

Harvey, 26, has a 2.88 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/36 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 total innings this season.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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