Mets rookie RHP Logan Verrett will start in Harvey's place next Monday against the Marlins.
Harvey will again be skipped in the rotation after facing the Yankees, Alderson added. He may start against the Nationals during the final series of the season, though that depends on the standings and further consultation with Dr. James Andrews and Harvey's agent, Scott Boras.
"Everything is tentative right now," Alderson cautioned, noting that Dr. Andrews is also advising against shutting Harvey down, only to rev him up again in October. "It's not tentative on the basis of, 'Jeez, he's only got X number of innings left.' It's tentative based on what's in his best interest with a view toward pitching in the playoffs, and what's in our best interest with a view toward actually getting to the playoffs as well."
Matthew Cerrone: This is pretty much what I predicted yesterday, based on what I was hearing from people connected to the Mets. The final start against the Nationals will obviously be based on whether the Mets have won the division. If the Mets clinch the NL East by that series, there is no point in pitching Harvey. In that scenario, as I said yesterday, I believe Harvey will start Game 1 of the NLDS, after which the entire plan will be revisited based on the next current reality.
Of course, if the Mets haven't won anything by the final weekend of the season, it will mean all hell broke loose in this division and Harvey will very much be needed. And again, if the Mets win, it will be all be revisited. The point is, there's a plan in place here, but it could very well change if needed...