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New York Mets’ starter Matt Harvey finally received some good news Wednesday. It was the news he had hoped to get back in mid-June. Harvey made it clear to the Mets and the baseball world that he intended to make a 2014 comeback from Tommy John surgery. He underwent the surgery in October of 2013.
That’s an extremely tall order for anyone who under goes the procedure that usually takes pitcher a minimum of 12 months up to 18 months to fully recover. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the news Harvey got last Wednesday that was that he’d be able to finally throw from the mound Friday, which is exactly what he did.
While of course the Mets would had loved to have their star pitcher back as soon as possible, his recovery was going so smoothly that they did not want to risk jeopardizing that and kept Harvey off the mound until now. So it seems that the pitcher’s hopes of pitching in 2014 have officially been dashed …. Or have they??
Still Harvey is one stubborn and determined 25-year old. Prior to the season he forced the Mets to make a deal with him. Harvey wanted to be around his teammates in New York during his recovery but the Mets like their pitchers to recover at their training facility in Florida. The common ground? Harvey was allowed to train in New York when the team was at home but during road trips the starter conceded to working out in Florida.
But this so-called ‘common ground” took a lot of pressing and pressing and more pressing on the Mets’ executives. Harvey is stubborn if nothing else but you can add that to talented, ambitious, team player, smart, competitor, always encourage/never discouraged, his list of good qualities is much longer.
So if you think Matt Harvey’s hopes of pitching in 2014 are dashed just because someone said no, then you’ve got another think coming. The Mets have informed Harvey, when took to the mound for the first time Friday, that his throwing program will take him through the end of September and that he will probably pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
Before hitting the mound Friday Harvey had said he hoped maybe he could pitch an inning out of the bullpen before the end of the season but manager Sandy Alderson and company have made it quite clear that Harvey’s program WILL NOT under any circumstances be accelerated and for good reason.
They don’t need their star, whose career ERA is 2.39, starting the 2015 season on the DL because he pushed himself too hard and too soon! He was in the NL Cy Young mix in 2013, even started the 2013 All-Star Game, until the elbow injury of note shut him down in late August. Across parts of two major-league seasons, Harvey has struck out 261 batters in 237 2/3 innings.
Of course a hard-headed guy like Harvey, who is still as in love with baseball as he was a kid, has other ideas. He’s now thinking October. While the Mets are a sub-.500 team right now but as I, and many others, often say “In baseball anything can happen.”
His hope is that the Mets turn it around so he can pitch in October. The guy is REALLY obsessed with pitching during the 2014 season, something that no one but Harvey even considered when, after attempted rehab on his elbow failed, he had Tommy John surgery.
After his session on the mound Friday Harvey talked with ESPN’s Danny Knobler,
“Hopefully the guys will hold it together up here, and I’ll come see them in October,” he said with a grin.
That’s the Matt Harvey we all know and love right there … this kid always stubborn and optimistic will just never say die! More power to him! His almost insane enthusiasm even makes an A’s fAnAtic like me wanna yell, “Go Mets!” lol.