Hefner, who is much further along in his recovery, tossed a perfect 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday.
It’s a big step forward for Hefner who saw his first game action on a mound since his surgery last Aug. 28.
The 28-year old is expecting to pitch in the majors at some point before the end of this season.
Meanwhile, Matt Harvey is now resigned to the fact that he will not pitch for the Mets this season.
On Saturday, his agent Scott Boras agreed with the Mets who would prefer that Harvey doesn’t return this season and that he waits 14 to 16 months until he’s pitching in the majors again.
“Look, a competitive athlete is never comfortable with the timeline,” Boras said. “I just watched Matt throw. He looks great — his extension, the ball’s coming out of his hand. It really is exciting to see him at this stage. I’m really encouraged about what can happen next year.”
“The doctors are always telling us 14 to 16 months they’re having the higher success rates than they are the 10- to 12-month period,” Boras told ESPN.
Harvey was supposed to pitch from a mound right after the All-Star break, but yesterday said that is no longer the case.
He does not have a timetable for throwing off the mound and would only say that it will be farther down the road.