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Hefner getting ready to throw from mound

Jeremy Hefner hopes to be throwing off the slope of a mound within three weeks and hopes to return to the majors by season’s end (Newsday, May 7).

Following in the footsteps of teammate Matt Harvey, Hefner made the trek to Marlins Park from Port St. Lucie to do his rehab work Tuesday with the Mets. He aims to advance to throwing on flat ground at 120 feet this week, most likely on Thursday. He may begin throwing from the slope of the mound a few weeks later.

Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013, about two months before Harvey’s procedure. The 28-year-old right-hander still hopes to pitch for the Mets this season.

“That’s my goal,” Hefner said (ESPN, May 7). “That’s my hope. Hopefully I can come and contribute if there’s a need. I think I’d be wasting my time if I wasn’t trying to get back to the big leagues.”

Though Hefner is stationed in Port St. Lucie full-time, unlike Harvey, when Harvey is not back in New York, he and Hefner benefit from each other’s company.

“He’s firing balls to me and I’m firing balls back at him,” Hefner said (MLB.com, May 7). “It’s a good time. Ever since I’ve been in the organization, me and Matt have pretty much been in the same spot. He helps me with my mechanics and I help him with his.”




24 comments
mets1973
mets1973

I hope he makes a complete recovery. he could be a nice arm in the bullpen or trade bait.

hashburry
hashburry

Why isn't Hefner tweeting pictures of himself and proclaiming he'll be back by the All Star break?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

There were times last year Hefner pitched really well and if he could do this again he could be used as part of a trade for more offense.

greekgod
greekgod

I never saw Wright look so bad at the plate....OMG!  I know he is streaky sometimes but come on he is terrible....it must be the "Lagares syndrome"

greekgod
greekgod

I wrote last few weeks that the Mets would wind up as a 75/87 team at best. I also write that unless the team brings in a 100 rbi player the team lands in last place or fourth; now it seems that the pen is in worse shape then I could well imagine. It that is the case Mets are lucky to close the season at a 65 game winner.

greekgod
greekgod

Now I know why David Wright is having a difficult time its called "Lagares is better than me" syndrome. 

David Wright is finished as a home run hitter; lucky he hits 15 out of the park.

What a shame how a player can be affected by another player better than himself.

metsrule
metsrule

Too bad Hefner will never pitch for the Mets rotation. We already have too many starters as is

nolrog
nolrog

OK, so Hefner had Tommy John on August 28th and is about ready to throw off a mound.  Matt Harvey had Tommy John on October 22nd and is about ready to throw off a mound. 

What does it all mean? I don't know.  Either Harvey is way ahead and Hefner is on track or Hefner is way behind and Harvey is on track. 

Sure would be helpful to have some context around these kinds of posts.

tullydew
tullydew

Why can't Hefner be around his teammates in NY like Harvey?

shea
shea

@Ron W. Davis  well luckily for him....he ignored the Mets medical advice and had surgery immediately (they wanted him to rehab)...by having the surgery immediately and not listening to the Mets he will be back more than likely by the beginning of next year...so he can showcase himself during his free agent year and move onto a better team.


If he had listened to the Mets and rehabbed....and the rehab didnt work...he would have jeopardized 2015, his free agent season....thus his reason for immediate surgery.  He put his interest above the Mets...cant blame him one bit.  

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@metsrule Would be nice to let him start and if he pitches decently maybe he could be of value in a trade.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@nolrog Everyone heals differently.  Both are "on schedule"  there isn't a definite timetable for this thing.  Most are "around" 12 months.  Some take 14, some take 10.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

@tullydew because he wants to focus on getting well. Sometimes because Harvey is slightly full himself he wants the attention on him . Different people . One does not need a circus around them the other begs for attention no wrongs just the way each is wired .

shea
shea

@tullydew  he could be if he wanted to.....its part of the CBA that he is not forced to go to Port St. Lucie....

The issue was the Mets THOUGHT they could tell Matt (an adult, professional employee, represented by the most powerful agent in the sport) what was in his best interest even if what they were saying was in violation of the CBA....the issue.....Harvey has Boras....and Boras doesn't get played or intimidated, espically not by the likes of the Wilpons...so Harvey got his way (which is again, is also within the players rights per the CBA).


ONLY the Mets could bring up an issue, let it become public...and fight a fight...they CANNOT win. 

Make no mistake...the Mets LOST this battle, they do not want Harvey in the dugout, they want him in St. Lucie....but Boras put an end to what the Mets want, and made sure of what his client wanted. 


Speaking of Boras...anyone think its in his MO to give a hometown discount or not seek a long term big money deal when Harvey's is up...lol 

blueorange
blueorange

@victor how can you say Hefner is not that good? He is not established but he was pitching very well before his season ended. He doesn't have electric stuff neither does Dillon Gee but he gets the job done.

nolrog
nolrog

That is entirely possible as well Michael.  But given the lack of context, we don't know.

shea
shea

@blueorange  He can probably say he isnt all that good based on the fact that he is 28 years old and has 8 career wins, a career era above 4.5 and a whip above 1.3. (not great numbers)


He spent 6 seasons in the minors for 3 different teams.  He was put on waivers by the Padres, designated for assignment by the Pirates....


Is he serviceable and a potential asset as a spot starter or long reliever...sure....but lets not go calling him "good", or else our definition of good has fallen to all time lows. 

nolrog
nolrog

@sylow59 Slightly. In the same way that Ricky Naputi was slightly overweight. 

shea
shea

@Albert E Lewis  if what you propose is his best...and its a maybe....what do you think you are going to get from a guy that you "maybe" hope could be a .500 pitcher with a 4 era.....he's not that good...you wont get anything that good in exchange. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

 At his best I would see him as a 10-10 4.00 era 180 inning type ..and that's a maybe... but  if he is..trade bait ?