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Friday, November 14, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey's 2015 workload being negotiated

By on 11/14/2014 07:00:00 AM

The New York Mets won 79 games this past season behind a pitching staff that was ninth in the Major Leagues in ERA. Improving the offense that was 21st in runs scored is paramount for the Mets to contend in the National League East next season. Another factor will be the health of Matt Harvey, who is looking to return to form following Tommy John surgery which cost him all of 2014. It appears that the Mets and Harvey are negotiating his workload for next season.

In my last report on Harvey on September 16, I noted that he Harvey threw off the main pitching mound at Citi Field. He reached 95 mph on his fastball, had a sharp break on his curve ball and mixed in some change ups.

At the time, it appeared that a modification to his off season routine was not out of the question. It was also quite possible that there would be a limit to his innings early in the season.  The team is hoping that the restrictions put on Harvey this season will benefit him and the team for the 2015 season.

Adam Rubin of reported that Harvey's agent Scott Boras and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson are in negotiations as to how to work Harvey next season.

The Mets don't want Harvey to throw 200 innings coming off Tommy John surgery, which appears to be in agreement with Boras.  The main issue will be keeping Harvey limited so he can last the entire season. Much of what is decided may be determined what the doctors decide, according to how well Harvey has progressed.

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 last season for the Mets, 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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