But Boras remained steadfast on the topic of inning limits for pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery, referring to the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman. "We're not pulling this out of thin air".
RHP Matt Harvey spoke to the media before Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins, discussing the conflict between the front office and team doctors regarding an innings limit in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey, who has thrown 166 innings in 25 starts, said he always considered 180 innings to be the limit, which is the number team doctors and Harvey's surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, told his agent, Scott Boras. However, he deflected questions on whether he was going to be shut down or not.
“This is a doctor’s decision, not my opinion,” Boras said, according to the New York Post. “The peril of ignoring that decision rests with the team. I am just the messenger, not the doctor.”
Harvey told reporters he wasn't particularly sure if the 180-inning limit included the playoffs, but said he trusts Boras and Andrews' advice.
"It's something that’s been discussed for a while," Harvey told reporters about an innings limit. "I know from having 178 the year before I took off, I think the whole idea was not to exceed too much more than that."
Assistant GM John Ricco said on Friday that the Mets have no intention of shutting down Harvey before the end of the season, whether the Mets make the playoffs or not, no matter how many innings he's thrown.
“It’s not my experience that you have a doctor mandating [innings] for a pitcher," Ricco said. "I am not going to question [Boras], what he said. All I know is we’re very comfortable with the way we’ve set this plan out and the process we’re following, and it has been in consultation with the medical people.”
Harvey acknowledged he hasn't spoken with GM Sandy Alderson recently and also said Boras called the Mets about an innings limit when he was around 140 innings. However, he repeatedly told reporters he was focused on his next start on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, who sit five games back in the NL East.
"I've heard both sides, I've heard different things all along," Harvey said, "but my job as an athlete, as a player and as part of this team is to concentrate on one start at a time. ... If I let any of the outside distractions get in the way then I'm not doing my job to get us to October."
In spring training, he thought 180 innings would be a likely scenario for him instead of 200 innings. He said in December he wants to be able to pitch should the Mets reach the playoffs.
"The last thing I would want to do is have to sit on my hands … and not be able to pitch in the postseason," Harvey said. "Whatever needs to be done to get us there, I’m all for, and whatever they decide for that whole process, I’m completely on board.”