After 18 long months Mets’ Matt Harvey finally faces batters 2


New York Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey had Tommy John surgery in October of 2013 and he was far from what you might call a “happy camper” or even a remotely cooperative one about it.

Initially he attempted rehabbing his torn ulnar collateral ligament but reluctantly opted for the procedure as it is, on the whole, much more effective. As soon as Harvey was out of surgery he was talking about returning at somepoint during the 2014 season.

The Mets wanted Harvey to rehab at their Florida facility but Harvey argued into a compromise with Mets executives in which he would be in New York with the team during homestands and in Florida while they were away on road trips. That compromise was only the beginning of Harvey’s quest back to the mound.

Harvey had a couple of other run-ins with Mets executives when he’d tell anyone, even on radio and tv interviews, that he wanted to pitch in 2014. He didn’t care if it was just one inning out of the bullpen, the 25-year-old right hander just wanted to pitch last season.

At one point in early August 2014, when Harvey was allowed to throw off the mound for the first time since his surgery, he even held out hope that he might be able to pitch in the playoffs, even though the Mets were basically out of contention with a sub-.500 record.

Shortly after that first session on the mound Harvey was told that his pitching program was being shut down but that he may have an opportunity to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, which he obviously wanted to do but never did.

It’s been a full 18 months since Harvey had his surgery. The usual recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months but the Mets wanted to be overly cautious with their ace who, prior to having surgery, was the starter for the National League in the 2013 All-Star game.

So after what’s been a long year and a half for the hard-headed Harvey, who was continually trying to speed up his recovery, he finally hit a big milestone on Friday. Harvey took the mound and threw to live batters for the first time.

To read this post in its entirety and see what manager Terry Collins, Harvey and his teammates had to say about his sessions on Friday use the link below to go to Baseball Hot Corner:

Met’s ace Matt Harvey is finally back in action

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  • He’s been so anxious to pitch. I can’t wait to see if he pitches like his rookie season

    • Jen Rainwater

      For some reason I LOVE this kid! I absolutely LOVE him. Collins said that even without a radar gun he hit around 95 yesterday. I am definitely rooting for him! I loved his tenacity last season wanting to come back but I like that the Mets pushed back and wouldn’t rush him. I think he’s gonna be great!