NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's off time began Thursday in the Citi Field outfield, where he played catch with a football to kill some time.
Killing time should be a common theme these final two weeks of September for Harvey, now that the Mets have shut him down on an innings limit. Harvey will continue to run, lift weights and shag fly balls during batting practice, as all pitchers do. But he will not throw bullpen sessions, side sessions or even play catch -- with a baseball, at least.
All of which begs the question of what, exactly, Harvey will do with himself. Players are required to arrive at the ballpark early in the afternoon for a 7:10 p.m. ET game, giving Harvey a half-dozen hours to burn every day.
As far as filling them, his guess is as good as yours.
"It's definitely new territory for me," Harvey said. "Obviously I love being in the dugout, and come 7 o'clock, it's going to be fine. But when I go out and I can't pick up a baseball, it's going to be weird."