Updates from Sunday, July 13
Dan Martin of the New York Post provides an update on Matt Harvey's recovery process:
Matt Harvey won’t be pitching off a mound anytime soon.
The right-hander, who had hoped to take the next step in his rehab from October Tommy John surgery around the upcoming All-Star break, will instead head to his agent Scott Boras’ training facility in Newport Beach, Calif.
'They want to see where I’m at,' Harvey said before the Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Marlins at Citi Field on Saturday.
And given Boras’ comments on Friday, when he said he believed the recovery time for the elbow surgery was from 14-16 months, Harvey has become even more resigned to the fact he won’t pitch in a game this season.
'That [time period] puts me to, what, December?” said Harvey, who added the process has been “very slowly slowing down a lot.'
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Matt Harvey spoke with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about his rehab and his chances of pitching this year:
"I'm always going to be on board with what they have to say," Harvey said of the Mets and their doctors. "I can only do so much, and speak my two cents. As a competitor, I'm always going to want to get out there, but I can't write myself out there and set up my own program, so whatever they have set up is obviously the way we're going to go."
Harvey planned to meet with staff members Tuesday to draw up his revamped rehab schedule. He was originally supposed to throw off a mound for the first time Tuesday, but rehab coordinator Jon Debus informed him last week that the Mets planned to decelerate his itinerary. General manager Sandy Alderson later added that the Mets will not let Harvey throw competitively until 11 full months have passed since surgery, all but eliminating any chance Harvey had at pitching in the big leagues before 2015.
"I think it's always been there," Harvey said of the unlikelihood of returning this year. "I think it was a matter of me not wanting it to happen. I still want to pitch this year. That's always going to be on my mind. But coming to realize that I can't write myself in the lineup is becoming a little bit more realistic."
Updates from Friday, June 6
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News has the latest on Harvey:
The Mets want Matt Harvey to slow down. The injured ace will not throw off a mound Tuesday as originally planned, two team sources told the Daily News Thursday night. After consultations between the Mets team doctor and renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the Tommy John surgery on Harvey, the plan is for the righthander to ease up a bit.
“He’s fine,” a team source said. “It’s nothing physical, it’s just a plan to be more cautious.”
The Mets are reluctant to have the uber-competitive pitcher come back too soon and are concerned about the recent rash of pitchers who have required a second Tommy John surgery.
“He will just go a little slower,” pitching coach Dan Warthen said.
Marc Carig of Newsday has more:
Sounds like Harvey will just stick with long tossing for at least a week more. Source says no setback, just caution, as @AckertNYDN reported— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) June 6, 2014
Matt Harvey has set some ambitious goals for his return from Tommy John surgery, but so far, he remains on schedule in accomplishing them.
According to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin, the New York Mets' ace will throw off a mound next Monday for the first time since undergoing the surgery back in October.
Judging by what Harvey told Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci in May, that would put him exactly one day ahead of his optimal pace:
Of course, I won't do it unless I'm cleared to do it, but I want to pitch before the year ends. I want to make five, six, seven starts this year. I asked [the training staff], 'If I want to come back in August, when do I need to start throwing off a mound?' They said June 10. So that's what we have penciled in right now. That's the plan.
I feel great. I don't feel any soreness now. The ball is coming out of my hand great.
A lot can happen between now and August, and the Mets are going to treat their superstar with two pairs of kid gloves, but this is an encouraging development.
Rich Coutinho of SNY.TV believes Harvey's mentality will assist him in making a speedy return:
While I am on Mets topic let me say this about @MattHarvey33 --he is a winner in every way and that is why IMHO he will return early— Rich Coutinho (@coutinho9) May 22, 2014
Harvey has been electric since joining the Mets. In 237.2 innings over the past two MLB seasons, he holds a sparkling 2.39 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, striking out 261 batters in the process. The now 25-year-old was in serious contention for the Cy Young Award last year before suffering the elbow injury.
The Mets, who remain right in the thick of the NL East picture, would love to see Harvey live up to his own expectations and make a return in August. Considering the career-threatening seriousness of these injuries, however, they aren't likely to rush him back.