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.