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Mets plan to skip Matt Harvey again down stretch

Matt Harvey is at 160 innings pitched for the season -- 20 shy of the 180 innings doctors advised for his limit in 2015. Elsa/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- With Matt Harvey's innings count mounting in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, New York Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged that Harvey will have a start skipped again down the stretch.

Harvey enters Wednesday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies at 160 innings this season. Doctors have advised -- but yet not mandated -- that Harvey toss no more than 180 innings.

Harvey already was skipped on Aug. 23 in Denver. Logan Verrett stepped in that day and limited the Colorado Rockies to one run in eight innings in a 5-1 win.

Skipping Harvey one additional turn, plus going to a six-man rotation, should give Harvey no more than four more starts the remainder of the regular season after Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies.

The Mets are treating the postseason separately and hope he can pitch uninterrupted, while not guaranteeing it.

Harvey will proceed with a start against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in D.C.