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Dan Warthen 'very skeptical' of Matt Harvey pitching 200 innings


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey said his Tommy John surgery in October 2013 hasn't deterred his determination to "move up a level" every opportunity he gets. On Feb. 27, 2015, Harvey faced batter for the first time since the surgery. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets have described Matt Harvey's innings limit as a soft cap. General manager Sandy Alderson has indicated that it's even possible for him to log 200 innings if the Mets reach the postseason.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Monday, however, that he's "very skeptical" that Harvey will reach the 200-innings plateau. Warthen said Harvey's total innings will be closer to 180 to 190.

When asked if he would be comfortable with Harvey getting to that mark, Warthen said: "I would be very skeptical of 200 innings. I don't think we're going to reach that number, but it would be very close. That's at the high, high end."

Intrasquad matchups

The Mets announced their pitchers for Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Jonathon Niese, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin, Carlos Torres and Vic Black will appear for Team Blue. They will be opposed by Team Orange pitchers Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia, Buddy Carlyle and Jeurys Familia.

The Mets' intrasquad game comes a day before the Grapefruit League opener Wednesday, when Dillon Gee starts against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista.

Terry Collins said David Wright, Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson also will play in the intrasquad game, though all are slated to be held out of the Mets' first two exhibition contests.

Extra bases

Lucas Duda is expected to resume limited swings Wednesday, three weeks after he was shut down with a strained left intercostal muscle . . . Collins said he's open to either a lefty or righty for the final spot in the bullpen. It's a slightly different take compared with previous years, when Collins advocated for two lefties. For now, Josh Edgin is the only lefty projected in the bullpen . . . Utilityman Eric Campbell will see action in the outfield, around the infield and even behind the plate in exhibition games.

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