Harvey wants to pitch in playoffs
Matt Harvey now insists he will pitch in the playoffs if the New York Mets get there.
After a two-day uproar over his innings limit this year, Harvey wrote Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website that he would definitely participate in the postseason.
“There has never been a doubt in my mind: I will pitch in the playoffs. I will be healthy, active and ready to go,” he wrote.
Harvey said he is communicating with his doctor, agent Scott Boras and the first-place Mets to come up with an innings-limit plan that would make the righthander available in October.
“I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page,” Harvey wrote. “It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run.”
The article was posted one day after Harvey indicated he has been advised by his surgeon not to pitch more than 180 innings this season and declined to answer when asked if he is committed to pitching in the playoffs.
Mets manager Terry Collins said he wants Harvey to focus on his next start Tuesday in Washington, calling that start “the biggest of his career.’’
The Mets lead the Nationals by four games in the NL East.
Stanton may not return this season • At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds of muscle, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is built like an Adonis marble statue, yet a weak pinky on his left hand may prevent him from returning to the field this season.
There are only 25 games left and the Marlins have no chance for a playoff berth, so Stanton’s chances of returning are dwindling more every day.
“A little bit,” Stanton said Sunday when asked if he was concerned that his season was over. “I can’t keep going with days off and come up, and try to have my timing, especially how now it has to be a show-and-go because there are no minors to play in.”
Stanton was leading the major leagues with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs in 75 games when he broke the hamate bone in his left hand while swinging the bat against Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez on June 26.
Giants’ Sanchez out for season • San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left hamstring strain and left ankle sprain. Sanchez was hurt Saturday night while trying to beat out a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning of a 7-3 Giants’ win. He was forced to leave the game after the injury.
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