Sandy Alderson, Matt Harvey comfortable with their plan for the rest of 2015
In the midst of the on-going saga involving Matt Harvey, the Mets and the player’s innings management, Sandy Alderson attempted to clarify some of the issues involving Harvey after his abbreviated start on Sunday evening.
Speaking at a St. Albans Community Living Center on Monday to support military veterans, Alderson said he recently spoke with Dr. James Andrews – the renowned surgeon who performed Tommy John Surgery on Harvey’s elbow – and said once the doctor never imposed a hard limit of 180 innings on the pitcher.
Alderson said Harvey is on-board with the plan they’ve mapped out, and said he is agreeable to whatever the team asks him to do.
“If we ask him to do something, he will do it,” Alderson said of Harvey.
Alderson believes it is unfair to blame the situation manufactured by this innings situation on Harvey himself.
Going forward, there is no set program for Harvey. Rather, his innings will be determined on a per-game basis and not dictated by anything before or after that single start.
Despite the disappointing result on Sunday, Alderson said the club is comfortable with the plan the team has set for Harvey, and there is no need to deviate from their course at this time.
During Spring Training, nobody from the club would publicly state what Harvey’s innings limit would be in the regular season. However, it was always believed he would throw between 180-190 innings – or a, “soft limit,” as Alderson has put it – and no more than 30 starts during the regular season, which would afford him an opportunity to pitch throughout a potential berth in the playoffs.
But in early September, Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, told John Heyman of CBS Sports there was indeed a hard limit set by Dr. Andrews of 180 innings including the playoffs.
“These are doctors’ opinions,” Boras said to Heyman. “And club officials are not determining how many innings he can pitch. Matt Harvey would love to pitch. But the surgeon who saved his career and other surgeons consulted have said that for maximum safety he is not to exceed 180 innings for the year.”
Earlier this month, assistant GM John Ricco said in Miami Harvey would pitch no more than 195 regular season innings and for him to have a reasonable workload in the postseason.
Harvey has thrown 176 2/3 innings this season. If he starts as part of a six-man rotation, he could breach the 180-inning mark as soon as his next start, with one more start possibly remaining before the playoffs.