Mets’ Matt Harvey noncommittal about pitching in playoffs

Matt Harvey

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who had ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow last year, has been advised to pitch a maximum of 180 innings this season. He’s at 166 1/3 after Wednesday’s start.

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Mets ace Matt Harvey isn’t saying whether he intends to pitch in the playoffs if New York makes it that far.

Harvey said Saturday that his surgeon, noted orthopedist James Andrews, has advised him not to exceed 180 innings this year. Harvey has thrown 166 1-3 so far.

Asked repeatedly whether he would top that limit if that’s what the Mets wanted, Harvey didn’t directly answer.

“Right now, I’m focused on Tuesday,” he said.


That’s when Harvey is next scheduled to start at Washington. The NL East-leading Mets began the day with a five-game lead over the Nationals.

Harvey said he has “no idea” if the 180-inning limit includes possible starts in the postseason.

“I’m the type of person that I never want to put the ball down,” he said. “I hired Scott (Boras), my agent, and went with Dr. Andrews as my surgeon because I trusted them to keep my career going and keep me healthy.”

The 26-year-old Harvey is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA in 25 starts, a year after missing the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.


Harvey was dehydrated after his most recent start, a win on Wednesday over the Phillies.

“I’m healthy,” he said before the Mets played at Miami.

The Mets have tried to get Harvey extra rest this season and have pulled him early from games. Other teams have done the same with their young pitchers, especially those coming back from injuries.


Boston placed Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right shoulder that has already sidelined him seven games. The Red Sox are weighing a switch to first base for Ramirez, who is batting 249 with 19 homers and 53 RBIs and has been taking grounders at first. . . . Detroit’s All-Star shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss at least two weeks because of a chip fracture in his right middle finger. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber will sit out the rest of a weekend series against Arizona because of a muscle strain in his right rib cage. . . . Mike Olt, the Cubs’ opening-day third baseman who was displaced by rookie sensation Kris Bryant in mid-April, was claimed by the Chicago White Sox five days after the Cubs waived him.

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