Earlier today, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports published a piece in which Scott Boras says that Matt Harvey's workload should be capped at 180 innings this year. Boras says that number comes from doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, the Tommy John specialist who performed Harvey's surgery.
If the Mets were to pitch Harvey beyond that limit, Boras told Heyman:
"If the club chooses to violate the ethical standard of the medical opinion, that is strictly their prerogative. I'm not a medical doctor. I don't make these things up."
Of course, there's no guarantee that limiting a pitcher's innings in his first year back—one who was seventeen months removed from the surgery when the season started—would drastically affect the probability that he someday re-injures his arm. And the Mets, who recently skipped Harvey's turn in the rotation and have used a six-man rotation at times, don't sound intent on actually putting a hard cap on Harvey's workload this year.