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Matt Harvey backs innings cap as postseason nears

The pitcher said today that he's always considered himself under an innings limit.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Just a day after agent Scott Boras told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that the Mets should keep Matt Harvey on a 180 inning limit for the season, Harvey himself told reporters that he's been pitching under the assumption of the same cap.

Harvey, in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, said that his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, said that 180 innings should be the cutoff for the pitcher. Harvey doesn't know if that number includes postseason innings, he said.

The Mets have made various attempts to limit Harvey's innings already this year, including a short-lived six-man rotation and skipping starts. However, Harvey has already thrown 166.1 innings this season, leaving him with just a few more starts if the team holds with this number.

Heading into Saturday's game, the Mets remain five games ahead of the Washington Nationals and Steven Matz will re-enter the rotation tomorrow, but the Mets will likely face trouble if they do, in fact, have to shut Harvey down.