"Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal," Harvey wrote. "Once we are there, I will be there."
Harvey's agent Scott Boras, team doctors and the Mets' front office have differed on how Harvey will handle an innings limit of around 180 innings for the rest of the season, his first season removed from Tommy John surgery.
In his first-person piece, Harvey, who's thrown 166 1/3 innings in 25 starts, said all parties will collaborate to determine a plan for how he is used going forward.
"I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page," Harvey wrote. "Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season. It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run."
Harvey said Saturday he had always considered his innings limit to be around 180 innings, which had been recommended by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. Boras had been adamant about ensuring it as a hard limit to protect his client in the long-term. I.e., once he hits the limit, regular season or postseason, the Mets shut him down.
“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.”
Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Friday the team had no plans of shutting Harvey down, regardless of how many innings he has thrown.
“It’s not my experience that you have a doctor mandating [innings] for a pitcher," Ricco said.
When Harvey addressed the media before Saturday's game, he did not take a particular stance one way or the other, instead deflecting questions and telling reporters he was focused on pitching against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
However, he told everyone Sunday he will be pitching in the playoffs once each side agrees to a plan for his usage going forward.
"I love to play baseball and I love winning even more. I would not give that up for anything," Harvey wrote. "I also know I want to be able to play and win for a long time. But there has never been a doubt in my mind: I will pitch in the playoffs. I will be healthy, active and ready to go."