The Mets are trying to formulate a plan for Harvey as he makes his return to the mound in 2015. The Mets are expecting to be in contention next season and might skip some of Harvey's starts during the season, so he is available late in the year.
Manager Terry Collins said Thursday the
"We have no set number [of innings] to put on Matt, but certainly we might skip him here and there once in a while, just to save him," Collins said, per Newsday. "That will all be explained to him and there'll be arguments and he'll throw a tantrum in the office but it's all part of the job because he wants to pitch and he wants to win.
"He's dying to get on the mound. He'll be down in Florida in January ... You know him. The first bullpen, there's going to be 30 [reporters] standing around, TV cameras -- 'Matt, you don't need to throw 100 here. It's about getting in shape.' We'll have to rein him in on a daily basis. I know he's really excited because he feels great."
General manager Sandy Alderson said the team will work with Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras, in order to make sure all sides are on the same page. The Mets believe Harvey will need some restrictions on his inning coming off Tommy John. "His capacity over the season might be more limited than it would have been otherwise," Alderson said. "That’s something we have to decide." There's a sense that Harvey, who had been adamant about returning as soon as possible, will want to pitch as much as he can next season.
Harvey spent all of 2014 recovering after Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be 100 percent by spring training. Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery in April.
General manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com the right-hander was hitting 95 mph "pretty consistently" even while throwing at less than 100 percent. Harvey, who has spent all of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery, should be ready to go for the start of next season.
"Everything we were trying to accomplish this season has been accomplished," Alderson said. "From our standpoint, we want to make sure he was physically back to a level that would ensure he wasn't behind in spring training. And then, secondly, he needed to be back to a state mentally where he felt comfortable going into next season and the uncertainty has been eliminated. We feel we're at that point."
Alderson said the Mets plan to limit Harvey's workload in 2015, though they'll want to do some research this offseason before coming up with an exact plan.
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