Matt Harvey threw off a mound on Friday, the first time since having Tommy John surgery.
He threw 15 pitches, GM Sandy Alderson said.
Harvey, 25, had Tommy John surgery last October. He told reporters in May that he hoped to pitch off a mound in June, but the Mets didn’t allow it.
“I know if I get on a mound and something happens, it will be awful, just terrible to go through this again,” Harvey said in early July (Daily News, July 13). “But I also know that (general manager Sandy Alderson) will take the bulk of the criticism for it if something happens to me. I get why they want me to wait, but it doesn’t make it easier.”
Alderson has repeatedly said Harvey is not likely to pitch in the big leagues this season. However, it’s possible he will pitch briefly in the fall instructional league, which spans late September and early October in Florida (ESPN, July 30).