Mets may skip Harvey, reduce workload rest of season

The Mets are considering skipping Matt Harvey‘s turn in the rotation on Saturday, as the first step in curtailing his innings for the season, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday.

Harvey has thrown 123 innings in 18 starts this season. He is on pace to throw 239 innings.

Last month, Sandy Alderson said Harvey would throw between 200-210 innings this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This is the right call. If he’s shut down at the innings number Alderson floated last month, that would mean his season would end with about two weeks to go – a time the Mets can use to evaluate some of their other young arms in the system as they prepare for 2014. If the Mets go to a six-man rotation or bump Harvey by a day or two at times, it could help reduce the number of innings he throws as well and get him to the end of the year.