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Matt Harvey did little to put Mets fan's minds at ease when he spoke to reporters Saturday regarding his supposed 180 innings pitched limit. The Amazin's ace danced around questions regarding his availaibity for a potential postseason start and insisted that he always considered 180 innings as his limit.
"I've been on the phone with Dr. Andrews and I've been on the phone with [Boras]," Harvey said. "What Dr. Andrews said is his limit is 180 [innings]. That's what Dr. Andrews had said. But for me, I have 166 innings and I don't know any much more than what I have to do Tuesday against the Nationals."
Harvey's agent Scott Boras made waves this weekend when he intimated that the Mets front office would be disregarding the advice of his client's doctors if they allowed him to pitch beyond the innings limit this season.
In his first season back from Tommy John Surgery, Harvey has made 25 starts pitching to a 2.60 ERA to go along with 12 wins and tallied 158 strikeouts. Harvey's next sheduled start is on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, and general manager Sandy Alderson made it clear that the innings limit decision will ultimately be up to Harvey.
The innings limit controversy will be a major dark cloud hanging over the Mets season and a storyline to keep a close eye on once the calendar turns to October.