After that controversy surrounded the team all week, the Mets decided to somewhat limit Harvey, but in a way that allows him to pitch in October. The Mets' hurler will be limited to two more regular-season starts. This includes New York turning to a six-man rotation, and having Harvey pitch in the series against the New York Yankees and the final series of the season against the Washington Nationals.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made this announcement, but did say that he was still consulting with Boras and Dr. James Andrews. Harvey's next scheduled start in Miami will be skipped, and rookie Logan Verrett will take his spot.
Harvey recently allowed a career-worst seven runs in 5.1 innings on Tuesday against Washington, and now sits a 171.1 innings for the season. According to Harvey, he feels healthy and his struggling start had nothing to do with any type of discomfort.
Dr. Andrews has cautioned the team not to sit Harvey now, and then bring him back to action for the postseason. That type of layoff will put Harvey more at risk for injury. The strategy is to keep Harvey sharp for playoff baseball.
The team reportedly plans to skip Jacob deGrom one start before the end of the regular season. The right-hander is not on any type of innings limit, but threw for 178.2 innings in the majors and minors last season. He has 177 innings pitched this season after Wednesday's outing, but has struggled, posting a 6.75 ERA in his last three games.
With the headlines leaning toward Harvey, the Mets will do their best to balance contending in October and keeping their stars healthy down the stretch.