"This is what the doctors are saying, I am simply delivering a message," Boras later told the New York Post (Sept. 4, 2015).
However, Dr. Andrews never said anything about a 180-inning limit when he recently talked with Harvey and Sandy Alderson, the GM told reporters Monday (Sept. 21, 2015).
Harvey has so far thrown 176 innings this season, in what is his first year back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013.
The Mets had been operating since spring training as though Harvey would throw around 200 innings this year, including the postseason (July 12, 2015). Alderson said in early September that Boras contacted his office during the summer to say Dr. Andrews and other doctors were now recommending he throw less than what was agreed to in the off season.
According to Alderson, the Mets have no intention of deviating from the plan they currently have in place, which includes pitching Harvey in September, but reducing the number of innings and pitches he makes during each start.
The goal, according to Alderson, Terry Collins and Harvey, is to have him pitching in October, assuming the Mets get to the postseason.
"If we ask him to do something, he will do it," Alderson concluded (Sept. 15, 2015).
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
1:28 pm: I am SO confused. This is so awkward. It's awkward for Harvey. It's awkward for his manager. It sounds like it's getting awkward for his teammates. And, it's getting awkward between fans, creating lines in places where they shouldn't exist. And, all at a time when the Mets and everyone associated with the Mets should have one thing, and one thing only, on their minds, which is to win the NL East... Yet, here we are making decisions based on elbows and innings and pitch counts, when it should really be 100 percent about wins. It's totally messed up...
My hunch is that Harvey wanted to stay in last night's game. Based on his talk with reporters after the game, it's obvious that Terry Collins wanted him to stay in the game and pitch. It sounds like David Wright wanted him to pitch, as well, based on his comments after the game. And there is no question that most fans wanted Harvey to stay in the game. However, he didn't stay in the game. He was pulled after 77 pitches.
So, what does this mean? I've been told Alderson is operating off his own information. If this is true, he may want to let his manager and players know what's going on, because their post-game remarks (and behavior on the bench) indicate they don't agree and may not understand what is happening and why. Instead, it looks like Collins is managing while wearing hand-cuffs; it looks like Harvey is being asked to focus on pitch counts, as opposed to getting batters out, which is a total waste of his talent; it looks like the bullpen is being impacted; and it makes winning seem like a secondary objective, which should irritate the rest of the roster.
I still contend that every pitch, every decision, every lineup should be ONLY about winning the NL East. That's it. Until then, until the division is locked up, all this other stuff should go out the window. They can rest guys and conserve innings when the champagne bottles are empty...