Harvey Hoping To Return In August And Make 5-7 Starts

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May 20

Matt Harvey told Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated that he intends to pitch this season and make 5-7 starts.

“Of course, I won’t do it unless I’m cleared to do it,” he said, “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.”

Harvey said the new version of himself will be heavier and that he has  sworn off his infamous bullpen sessions between starts, when he would throw just as intensely as if he were in a game.

“I feel great. I don’t feel any soreness now. The ball is coming out of my hand great.”

When asked how his agent Scott Boras feels about returning this season, Harvey responded: “I don’t work for Boras, he works for me.”

Harvey is expected to begin throwing from a mound within the next three weeks.

I hear a train coming…

May 10

Matt Harvey continues to make great progress in his comeback from Tommy John surgery after extending his throwing range from 90 feet to 120 feet on Friday at Citi Field.

“It was great,” Harvey said. “I think any sort of progress you’re making right now – being able to move back and throw from a greater distance – is a step in the right direction. Today was a good step for me and everything feels great. I’m just excited to move forward.”

Harvey will continue to throw from 120 feet for the next 2-3 weeks before moving back to 150 feet and then eventually throwing off a mound for the first time on June 10.

May 7

According to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, Matt Harvey is expected to throw from 120 feet for the first time on Friday.

“I feel great,” Harvey said after throwing in the outfield before last night’s game against the Marlins.

The 25-year-old confirmed his immediate goal is to get back on a mound “by the beginning or middle of June.”

“Everything in my program, that I am doing now is geared toward that,” Harvey said. “It could change, but that’s what my plan is.”

Harvey rejoined the team for this series and will fly back to New York with them on Wednesday night.

It’s pretty amazing how well he has been progressing. It’s no secret that the 2013 All Star is determined to pitch again this season, despite the team’s preference he waits until 2015.

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  • Martin

    dear matt: please bang supermodels for the rest of 2014 and be ready for spring training 2015.

    thanks.

  • jason bay

    Good luck Matt, be careful.

    We’re all rooting for you

  • jason bay

    Lol

  • WillisReid

    Harvey is a lot cooler without a twitter account.

  • AlexHZ

    Some pitchers come back even stronger after TJ. Imagine if he is one of them. Would be sweet

  • Metstheory22

    Way to go Terry Collins, leave in Mejia until he blows the game. At soon as it was 6-3, I would have pulled him.

  • KEITH

    Thor, Wheeler, Mejia, Degrom, Montero = Harvey. I wish. Get healthy Matt!

  • can you start closing during the next homestand, Matt? Thanks.
    Mets fans everywhere

  • Dark HelMet

    huh?

  • Dark HelMet

    Not usually at his age.

  • Hotstreak

    Opps I confused him with DW.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments
  • I like that Matt is basting through his rehab, but I just don’t see him doing more than pitching an inning here and there in September…at best. Which is why it’s to say heal up, get and stay healthy, and come out ready for 2015.

  • MyasDaddy

    Can you imagine Harv as the closer? It could be happy Harvey day 3 days a week?

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments
  • Metjorge

    I wonder if Harvey still wants to pitch in 2014 after watching the bullpen perform lately.

  • muskytoes

    Harvey never gets the offensive support to need the bullpen anyway.

  • Artie412

    Actually, that’s smart IF he is dumb enough to insist on coming back in 2014. Spot him a few innings, which would amount to workouts, especially if we are out of it by then. . . But STARTING Harvey even in September 2014? NFW, IMHO.

    BTW, HAVE there been pitchers who have successfully come back that quickly from TJ Surgery?

  • Artie412

    While the Mets don’t score boatloads for him (3.65 RS/game), here is a list of pitchers who got LESS run support than Matt:

    Joe Saunders
    Ervin Santana
    Justin Masterson
    Jeff Locke
    Stephen Strasburg
    Wily Peralta
    Matt Cain
    Cole Hamels
    Eric Stults
    Madison Bumgarner
    Cliff Lee
    Kris Medlen
    Chris Sale
    Kevin Correia
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Dan Haren

  • Tomthetinker

    Did Matt being Harvey offend you. Oo soo sorry.

  • WillisReid

    He didn’t offend me at all. But he did make himself look pretty immature. And you would think for a guy so interested in being Jeterian, how he is perceived would matter a great deal to him.

  • Tomthetinker

    The guy plays a game for a living. The personality come attached to the talent.

  • Bill_James

    He did it again yesterday too. Dice should have never come into the game. He was off while warming up and TC brings him in anyway and lets him give up 3 runs. WTF?!?!?1

  • CJM

    Billy Wagner came back in 9 months.

  • 3doza33

    I think that is a flawed stat.. Did they score 3.65 runs in the 7 innings Harvey usually pitched or the entire game? If I remember correctly the mets would have one run on the board and then score a couple after he was out of the game! Stats can be misleading!

  • Artie412

    Actually, there are two different stats for this: RS/G and RS/IP . . .the latter is what would tell us where Harvey stood, as that relates to the runs that were scored while he alone was pitching.

    Here is the breakdown for 2013 MLB pitchers. Harvey was 85th at 3.8, which was slightly above the Met’s team average for starters of 3.6 per 9 innings rate.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2013-starter-pitching.shtml#players_starter_pitching::29

  • 3doza33

    Cool, thank you! I’ll have to check that out.

  • Artie412

    I didn’t realize that. Fingers crossed.

  • Artie412

    Are we forgetting Lefty?

  • Pike Miazza

    Once again Im going to be right on a prediction, Harvey will pitch this year in Queens.

  • Scottydoeskno328

    Ya but Billy Wagner taught himself how to pitch a baseball with his opposite hand so I wouldn’t use him as an example lol.

  • Pike Miazza

    Good thing we didn’t think Nelson Cruz was worth a 1 year deal..(sic..sarcasm)
    Hes got more HRs & RBIs than our whole line-up

  • KennyandtheMets

    Good news. Has he been taking batting practice? We could use him in the line up.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Right. Just like they couldn’t risk signing Jose Abreu.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Gee and Niese are our two best starters right now. Are you trading them?

  • Piazza Delivery

    Yeah, when the mets have yet another losing season