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Matt Harvey hopes to be throwing in 3 weeks

Matt Harvey hopes to throw a baseball later this month for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October (New York Post, Feb. 7).


5:25 p.m.: Harvey appeared on WFAN on Friday afternoon and told Mike Francesa that he has begun lifting weights like normal, throwing against a trampoline and plyometrics.

“Things are going really smoothly now,” Harvey said.

As for the decision to have the surgery, Harvey said he took a few weeks to come to terms with the decision, but eventually came around to it.

“That was part of the deciding factor, as well… Seeing Stephen Strasburg come back and throwing 96, 98. That was hope,” he said. “If I can throw harder, that’d be nice.”

He mentioned he expects to spend all of spring training – and the season – with the team.

“I would love to. I don’t know what the plan is yet… If I’m there and I can be with the guys and learn the hitters, it’s won’t be like I missed a whole year,” he said. “You can watch the game and study it that way, but it doesn’t compare to being in the dugout with the pitcher and the pitching coach. You can’t get that from the TV. If I can be there and study all the hitters, that will be big for me when I come back.”


“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that’s Feb. 22,” Harvey said. “I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As of right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

Harvey said he will arrive in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with his teammates, by the Feb. 15 report date.

He has previously said he would like to pitch in a game before the end of 2014. However, Sandy Alderson told a group of season-ticket holders at Citi Field on Thursday that it’s unlikely Harvey will pitch for the Mets this season, even if the team is in a pennant race.


Read More: Mets ace Harvey aiming to resume throwing (New York Post)

99 comments
bobblehead
bobblehead

There's some great hard-hitting debate about the Mets and it's owners over on MMOnline. Come on over everyone, you won't regret it.

Scott Warwick
Scott Warwick

Glad to see that the recovery seems to still be on pace - and I hope Alderson sticks to his guns on not playing him in the unlikely event that the Mets DO end up contending this year.

Kevin Bostwick
Kevin Bostwick

Love hearing this from Mr. Harvey, hopefully he bounces back and can keep throwing gas. Lets hope the front office wont let him slip away

Nick Molinaro
Nick Molinaro

This is normal procedure everyone. You're supposed to start throwing after 4 months. The 22nd would be that 4th month. He needs to build arm strength so he will be ready for next year. I don't think this is anything to worry about

Brad Heaney
Brad Heaney

Please don't trust the "they" if "they" are on the Mets medical staff.

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

harv is gonna try to comeback at end of season and get a few starts

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

No No No No No No NO NO NO NO NO.


Someone strap him to his bed and give him two models to sleep with. KEEP HIM AWAY FROM BASEBALL.

Bodie Dennis
Bodie Dennis

Why do I feel like this could be a bad, bad thing?

Ralfy Capone
Ralfy Capone

Hypothetically, if the Met's make the playoffs, I don't see why he can't close games and let Parnell setup

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

The Mets won't let him back if were playing meaningless games in september.. They won't let him back even if we are playing for something.. I love his attitude though, dudes a gamer and I know he'll come back even better

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

I was listening to a lot of the Fan today and I heard the interviews with Eduardo Nunez and Mark Teixiera


What is so sad to listen to is how Mike talked about all the different additions to the team. Beltran, Tanaka, McCann etc etc. Discussing the Red Sox and how good they are. Oakland and how good they are....


And here we are reading posts about how the Mets will spend if fans go to the games. Or how we sign no names like Chris Garcia and Matt Clark. Or how we watch player after player after player come off the board. Or how we hear Sandy say how Drew has other opportunities instead of just signing him ourselves. If anyone can defend this dysfunctional franchise, please give me a solid argument. I am always open to change my mind.

Alfredo Ambert
Alfredo Ambert

The Mets better not let him touch a baseball until after the 2014 season. I love the heart but Harvey needs to relax and the Mets need to be smart for once.

Edge1166
Edge1166

@metsblog @SNYtv Harvey is a true stud and will return this year. Go Matt and that's from a Yankee fan

Scott Griffin
Scott Griffin

gotta love the heart + soul but look to 2015 as a realistic return !!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Good on him for dumping the model.  In the hockey business we tell young, gifted players, Chicks and Sticks Don't Mix.  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I just hope that whatever he does, he does under the supervision of his doctors and the team's medical personnel.  Steven Stamkos, arguably the best goal scorer in hockey, tried to rush back from a broken leg in order to compete in this year's winter olympics.  A CT scan this week showed the bone to be not fully healed.  Talents like this needs to be careful.  Genius is fragile.  

Scott Griffin
Scott Griffin

And listen to the met fans , well said Denise.

Zyke13
Zyke13

@michaelgbaron hey mike so let me get this straight it's up to the fans if the mets r going to sign more free agents,sandy said this?

Erik Smith
Erik Smith

And picking his new girlfriend's nose in 4!

PulitzerSomeday
PulitzerSomeday

@metsblog Matt Harvey is the most tantalizing figure to mobilize Mets fans since David Wright came aboard.

Justin Kaiser
Justin Kaiser

...his competitiveness will be the death of him. He's gotta be patient. I get why he feels that way, but he needs to understand the whole thing with healing is that you need to come back 100%.

Denise Mulé
Denise Mulé

Slow down Matt!! We all know u want to be on the mound!! But please use caution and listen to your doctors and coaches and just chill until 2015!!!

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

I have confidence that the higher-ups and medical staff dealing with Harvey aren't going to let him pitch until he's ready. But still, if he's fully recovered and ready to pitch, and all the doctors say he's okay, why not root for him to pitch this year? Obviously you don't want him to rush back, but there's no way anyone will let him, so we might as well root for a speedy recovery.

nwmets
nwmets

But I do like the fact that he wants to be with the team this whole season. That's a good thing!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

This story is just gaining momentum now - imagine how much attention it's going to get post AS break if the Mets are actually contending.  And I don't just mean "we can't trade Reyes because we're 6 games back of a WC" contending.  I mean, if by some miracle chance, this team is in legitimate contention, Harvey is going to want to pitch.

And honestly, if he keeps progressing through rehab and multiple doctors clear him, I can actually see him pitching.  But for the time being, you won't hear any Mets person say there's a possibility because of the year-long circus it would create.  Make no mistake though, that circus will come eventually, regardless of what anyone says.

Larry McAndrew
Larry McAndrew

Some things can't be rushed. That being said, the Mets doctors don't have such a great track record either. I wouldn't let Harvey near a ball any time soon.

Sammy Makki
Sammy Makki

Playoffs? Don't talk about the playoffs! Playoffs? I just hope they win a couple of games.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Then tell me who they should have signed.

It would have been dumb to dump money into guys like Tanaka or McCann considering who we already have on the roster.  As for Beltran - it sure seemed like he didn't really want to come back here, and he's chasing a ring more than anything at this point.

I'm not saying a few more marginal upgrades couldn't have been had, but the majority of the "impact" guys out there signed risky/insane contracts that I'm happy the Mets didn't give out.  You wanna be mad about Drew or Rodney, go for it.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Macacawitz  I agree.  But I will say this - we know Harvey is going to rehab and get himself back into shape in as dedicated a fashion as anyone that's ever played the game.  He's the ultimate competitor.  It's the Mets job to ensure he follows the orders of the medical people obviously, but if all of them deem him healthy with meaningful games to be played - I see him pitching.  It'll require lots of convincing from Harvey himself, but I think he'll pull it off.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@PulitzerSomeday @metsblog  I'd argue more.  He's a transcendent athlete. 

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Robby Johnson  i agree...I am not mad about Tanaka or McCann...However, we need a SS, we need at least one proven veteran reliever in case Parnell gets hurt...and we cannot even bring those guys in....waiting for Drew to be swooped up by someone else...and then they will give us some bull story....Honestly...Drew is the one I am angry about. We need a solid SS. Tejada is not nor has he proven he can be a consistent solid SS....


Then with that ridiculous statement Sandy made about fans having to come to the games and the Mets will spend??? That just adds salt to the wound

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Macacawitz  Dude's got nothing but solid 10's under his belt and is teetering in the neighborhood of greatest Yankee of all time, depending on how his next few years play out of course.

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

@Victor Triguero @Robby Johnsonbut Drew isn't a proven anything. That's the issue that the Mets are running into. The problem is that Drew is all they can afford to get, besides just running Tejada out the dugout every day.