Just hours after Matt Harvey’s agent Scott Boras claimed his client’s innings max is 180, the New York Mets have said no, that’s not true.
After all, Boras works for Harvey. There’s no chance he’d go out on a limb so publicly without Harvey’s discretion. Right? And if so, why in the world would Harvey want to shut it down? This is the bulldog of all MLB pitchers. The guy who wants to rightly be the man every game out and take the ball from Terry Collins in the most pressurized of spots.
Be that as it may, the past few hours brought much speculation about what the New York Mets would do in response. The issue became even cloudier when general manager Sandy Alderson claimed that Boras just “pulled the rug out from underneath him.”
We all thought they’d take it easy with Harvey the rest of the regular season, then pitch him balls to the wall in October, just like every other young arm on the club.
Just moments ago, assistant general manager John Ricco affirmed our belief.
Via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
“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.”
The keyword coming from Ricco here is “consulted.” The fact the Mets have spoken with Harvey during the entire process is a assuring one.
On the other hand, could Boras have convinced Harvey to push this publicly so he gets more time off from now until the end of the regular season?
Stay tuned. This isn’t the last we’ve heard on this topic.
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