Wednesday November 19th, 2014

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will put a “soft” innings cap on pitcher Matt Harvey for next season as they don’t plan on shutting him down, Alderson told MLB.com's Paul Casella.

Alderson wants Harvey fresh in case the Mets make a deep October run in 2015.

"We don't have a set number," Alderson said. "But we should be able to handle everything we need to simply by making smart decisions over the course of the season."

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 178.1 innings before being shut down in August 2013 after partially tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right throwing elbow. He had Tommy John surgery in October 2013 and will have been out of action for 17 months when Opening Day 2015 rolls around.

Harvey has been throwing off the mound and on flat ground at New York’s Citi Field for the past couple of months. Alderson said that Harvey will be part of the rotation at the start of next season, but won’t face a shutdown like Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg did in 2012.

The Nationals shut Strasburg down that September after 160 innings in his first full season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Washington made the playoffs that season, but was eliminated in the National League Division Series.

Alderson did not put a specific innings limit on Harvey, but said that his workload will be monitored throughout the season, which could include extra rest between starts or calling up a pitcher from the minors to take his place in the rotation every once in a while.

- Scooby Axson

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