New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is reportedly not deviating from the orgainzation's plan for Matt Harvey to continue pitching into the postseason if the Amazin's reach October baseball.
Harvey's agent, Scott Boras. is at odds with New York's front office regarding the 180 innings pitch limit recommended by team doctors. Harvey has thrown 166 1/3 innings this season and the Mets are in the driver seat in the NL East with a five-game lead over the Washington Nationals.
Harvey's next scheduled start is Tuesday against Washington and the Mets have already planned to temporarily shift to a six-man rotation to provide young hurlers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard with extra rest.
The main point of contention between Boras and Mets management is whether the innings cap is of the soft variety or a restriction meant to prevent Harvey from damaging his pitching elbow following Tommy John surgery.
Ironically, the Nationals had a similar situation on their hands in 2012 when they decided to shutdown ace Stephen Strasburg in early September only to later be bounced from the NLDS by the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Amazin's are hoping to avoid the same fate as their division rivals who squandered an opportunity for a World Series championship by resting their most talented pitcher.
While Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco contend that they've consulted with medical experts and insist they're not jeopardizing Harvey's health or future; Boras is not convinced that the decision is in the best interest of his client.
"It should be the doctor's decision because it is about the well-being of the patient," said Boras. "They are obviously putting the player in peril. That's their decision. That's what they chose to do."
The Mets are in a tricky situation because resting Harvey could disrupt his rhythm and sharpness before a potential playoff start. Harvey is reportedly consulting with team doctors to try and find a happy medium where he would still pitch in the playoffs, but not rack up the innings count in September. New York will monitor its ace's situation very closely, but for the time being shutting down Harvey isn't even an option.
"We've consulted with Matt all the way through. We will continue to do that," Ricco said. "I don't think anything will change. ... I think we're very comfortable with the fact that we've had a plan. It has involved the doctors all the way through. To this point, they're still fine with that plan. We all think it's a reasonable way to go."