1:33 p.m.: Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Matt Harvey has been cleared to throw and will start his throwing program within the next couple of days.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
1:02 p.m.: Harvey will throw in the next few days, according to people close to the team in St. Lucie. Having just been cleared to throw, it seems they first want to determine what will be best for his rehab schedule.
For what it’s worth, I’ve heard from people in camp that say the team is not too happy that Harvey talked to ESPN New York before giving the organization time to create a response and schedule. The way I’ve heard it, Harvey talked and forced the team to scramble a bit. I think they hoped to have a plan in place for when he would actually throw before being forced to address reporters. As such, the team deliberated quite a while today after morning stretches, undecided whether to let Harvey speak with reporters and cameras patiently waiting by his locker.
Remember, the Mets do not want 2014 — or this camp — to be about Harvey’s every move. They want the spotlight to be on other aspects of the on-field team, while Harvey is allowed time to rehab and get right. So, I expect this type of thing will happen at other points during the next year or so.
As for his arm, according to people close to the team, the Mets want to be 100 percent certain that the rest of Harvey’s body is ready to throw, so not to put any additional stress on his surgically-repaired elbow…
In the end, Harvey did not talk with reporters today and the team has yet to make an official announcement about his throwing schedule, though I suspect that will change in the next day or so.
By the way, yes, Maggie, Harvey was wearing his Batman t-shirt this morning, which was beyond awesome to see…