Harvey's voice only one that matters in innings debate

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Agent Scott Boras has spoken, and so have the New York Mets. But the only opinion that really matters regarding how many innings Matt Harvey will pitch is Harvey's opinion, and so far, he's not talking.

Maybe he's uncertain, facing conflicting forces. The safe play for his career and his future earnings is to defer to his doctors' guidelines. A more immediate pressure, however, comes from within the Mets' clubhouse, where his teammates are devoted daily to doing what they can to win the National League East and play deep into October. And if Harvey is going to play a major role in that pursuit, he will need to throw a lot more innings than what his doctors recommend.

He bears full responsibility for what happens moving forward, because the real power over the situation is his.