“Of course, I won’t do it unless I’m cleared to do it, but I want to pitch before the year ends,” he said. “I want to make five, six, seven starts this year. … I feel great. I don’t feel any soreness now. The ball is coming out of my hand great.”
The average return time from Tommy John surgery to the pitcher being 100 percent is 11-12 months. Harvey had his surgery Oct. 22, 2013.
“I just want the peace of mind,” he said. “I want to know that when I shut it down at the end of the year, I’m just like everybody else shutting it down.”
Updated 6:30 PM: Before Tuesday’s game, Mets GM Sandy Alderson took a more cautious approach to Harvey’s return.
“Not being a medical doctor and not really faced with that decision previously, I’ll reserve judgment,” Alderson said, according to ESPN.com. “But the one thing we don’t want to do is be put in a situation where someone — Matt, or anyone else — has a setback because we’ve pushed the natural recovery process further than we should have.”
Alderson added that he agrees with the idea that pitchers generally feel more comfortable if they get a chance to pitch in the majors before the offseason.
“I would subscribe to that notion as a general proposition,” Alderson said. “As it relates to Tommy John surgery and whether it’s appropriate given the time frame that [Harvey’s] experienced or another pitcher might have experienced, that’s an open question.”
Harvey said last week, and again told Verducci, that he is scheduled to throw from a mound on June 10 for the first time since surgery.
In regards to Harvey pitching for the Mets in 2014, Sandy Alderson said in March that he hopes his players and Mets fans all have the same goal, which is to get Harvey back on a mound, 100 percent healthy and contributing to the team’s success.
According to Alderson, Harvey is a “long-term asset,” and he hopes eventually Harvey will begin to see himself in the same way.