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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey will not have set innings limit

By on 11/19/2014 11:00:00 AM

The New York Mets won 79 games this past season behind a pitching staff that was ninth in the Major Leagues in ERA. Although improving the offense this winter should be a priority, the Mets are spending the early stages of this off season considering the the health of Matt Harvey, who is looking to return to form following Tommy John surgery which cost him all of 2014. It appeared a few weeks ago that Harvey would be put on an innings limit next season, but now that will not be the case.

I reported on November 14 that the Mets and Harvey were negotiating his workload for next season.  The Mets didn't want Harvey to throw 200 innings coming off Tommy John surgery, which appeared to be in agreement with Boras.  The main issue was keeping Harvey limited so he can last the entire season.

An update on Harvey, as reported by Paul Casella of, is that the Mets will not face a shutdown regardless or whether or not the Mets make the post season. The plans are for Harvey to start and the season.

What the Mets will likely do is ease Harvey workload throughout the season by having Harvey spelled occasionally and have some starts pushed back.

Harvey will join a Mets rotation that will include some combination of Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Rafael Montero.

Harvey was excellent for the Mets in 2013, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. In 178 1/3 innings, he allowed only 135 hits, walked 31 and struck out 191. In two Major League seasons, Harvey has a record of 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 261 strikeouts in 237 2/3 innings.

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