Harvey unavailable for remainder of NLDS
Mets won't veer from schedule, which has righty set for bullpen session Thursday
NEW YORK -- Regardless of whether Matt Harvey wants to appear in a potential National League Division Series winner-take-all Game 5, the Mets have no intentions of allowing him to do so.
"Oh, God no," manager Terry Collins said when asked if Harvey could appear in relief of Game 5 starter Jacob deGrom. "No. No. No."
Harvey threw 97 pitches over five innings in a Game 3 win over the Dodgers, and he will be scheduled to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session on Thursday -- the day of Game 5. But the Mets will not veer from the schedule they drew up before the postseason began, limiting Harvey to one NLDS appearance in the hopes that he would be unrestricted throughout it.
"The only thing I mapped out is when we talked about Matt Harvey pitching in the playoffs," Collins said. "When we were going through that whole situation about 180 innings and this and that, when we talked about him pitching in the playoffs, the only thing we said was that in the first round, he's probably going to get one start. So what game is it going to be? That's as far looking into the future as we went."
If the Mets do go to five games against the Dodgers and advance to the NL Championship Series, deGrom would be unavailable to pitch until Game 3. That would set Harvey up to pitch either Game 1 or 2 and, most likely, one other game in the best-of-seven series.
In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Harvey's innings total stands at 194 1/3 -- 14 1/3 more than what agent Scott Boras defined as a hard limit for his client. Harvey stated before his Game 3 start that he would be interested in pitching out of the bullpen later in the series, had the Mets been amenable to the idea.