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Mets' Sandy Alderson says Matt Harvey not to blame for innings limit debacle

The Mets' GM says his pitcher will do whatever the organization asks of him.

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New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who's been on a much-publicized innings limit of late, has been criticized by some fans and members of the media for some confusing communication on the subject. General Manager Sandy Alderson insists that Harvey is merely doing what the organization has asked of him.

Alderson, speaking on Monday about Harvey, said:

"If we ask him to do something, he'll do it. At this point, it's not about Matt not wanting to so this or not wanting to do that, it's a question of what we think is appropriate. I think it's unfair to put all of this or any of this, frankly, on him at this point."

Alderson's comments came in the wake of Harvey being pulled after five shutout innings and 77 pitches against the Yankees on Sunday night, a game the Mets' bullpen blew in an eventual 11-2 loss. Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, recently told the Mets that Harvey's doctors gave him a 180-inning limit for the season, but the source and validity of that particular claim are both potentially dubious. In any case, Harvey has already thrown 176.2 innings following Sunday's night's start and the Mets still have 12 games to go in the regular season.

The issue hasn't stopped the organization's creativity regarding how to keep Harvey fresh without drastically crossing the superficial 180-inning threshold. It remains possible that he could be used as a reliever to piggyback other starters down the stretch.