WASHINGTON - Matt Harvey's next start won't come for at least another 10 days, according to the Mets' tentative plans.
Harvey will be skipped on Monday, with rookie Logan Verrett lined up to take his spot. The righthander likely will return to the mound sometime during the Subway Series, which begins Sept. 18.
Harvey could then be used during a season-ending series against the Nationals -- if the games carry any significance.
General manager Sandy Alderson said all plans remain tentative, pending further consultation with Harvey's surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
"Everything is a little bit fluid, not just with respect to Matt but to everybody," said Alderson, who also indicated a preference to skip Jacob deGrom, though the righthander has no innings limits.
In his first season after Tommy John surgery, Harvey has logged 1712/3 innings, including 51/3 on Tuesday when he tied a career high by allowing seven runs.
Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras, have pushed for a strict cap of 180 innings. Meanwhile, the Mets have disputed the existence of any firm limit.
Uncertainty remains about how much Harvey can pitch in the postseason, should the Mets qualify. Alderson said those discussions have yet to take place.
Regardless of how Harvey's regular season schedule shakes out, the Mets intend to avoid a long period of inactivity before any postseason start, for fear that such a layoff could be harmful.
Said Alderson: "That's something that Dr. Andrews has always wanted to avoid."
Steven Matz remains on track to make his scheduled start Friday, despite a blister on his pitching hand. "It's getting there," said Matz, who threw all of his pitches in a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. "Every day, it's getting a little better." . . . Michael Cuddyer took more swings Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from wrist tendinitis.
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