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Matt Harvey wants to make 5-7 starts for the Mets in 2014

Matt Harvey wants to pitch this August for the Mets, despite having Tommy John surgery less than a year ago, he told columnist Tom Verducci (SI.com, May 20).

“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.




250 comments
Jimmy Petrillo
Jimmy Petrillo

sounds great , but no need for it , unless the Mets are actually in the playoffs

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Harvey would pitch tomorrow if the Mets would let him. Classic example of a million dollar arm and a five cent brain

Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez

Im no expert. If he's comfortable, then he should get a few starts. No rush or anything.

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Harvey needs to chill. We don't have the bats to win this year.

Tyler McConnell
Tyler McConnell

He needs the whole year to rest. He should not come back until next year

Frank Davis
Frank Davis

No . Just wait until next year ... be patient, we are....

Bill Gennaro
Bill Gennaro

No way. Unless he wants a second Tommy John surgery, wait until April, 2015.

Frank Voce
Frank Voce

For what? To pitch for a team without a future? Just another year wasted. Save the arm Matt.

Regina R. Allen
Regina R. Allen

Bad idea! They are not in a pennant race and there's no rush. Take the time to heal properly!

Robert B. Lynch
Robert B. Lynch

He should stay in Florida where he belongs and come out of himself. Sounds like ARod.

John Gallagher
John Gallagher

don't do it if we make it to the postseason then yes

Anthony Mazza
Anthony Mazza

NO!!!!! He should not be rushed back! The Mets are not making the playoffs this year. There's no reason to take a chance with his career.

Daniel Goldberg
Daniel Goldberg

No need to rush! I'll be really pissed if he gets hurt again cuz he went too early.

Ralph Rivera
Ralph Rivera

not now we need him for next year when is arm is strong

Jonathan A Cedeño
Jonathan A Cedeño

Is he smoking crack? Does he realize he is the future of this team? No need to pitch this season......just come back hungrier and 110% ready next season

John Elliott
John Elliott

Only if it means a run at the playoffs. Other wise, NO!

Joe Spinelli
Joe Spinelli

NO WAY AND HE DONT MAKE THE RULES ANYWAY

Emir Hacioglu
Emir Hacioglu

Wait till next year . With him, Thor , Gee, Wheeler, DeGrime & Neise. Pitching will be stocked & don't forget about Montero. I say trade Wheeler & Chris Young for Stanton.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

We don't want a Ching Ming Wang situation. If we could trust management to go easy with Harvey, that'd be one thing, but we probably can't, however the other issue is, I could see people in charge getting intimidated by Harvey, even if they were trying to do the right thing.

James Goetke
James Goetke

Probably not a good idea, he's just more than antsy is all.

Rob Gannello
Rob Gannello

Nooooooo. Don't even think it. We need him next year when we have a chance to win

nagel100
nagel100

that is a joke right?  trading pitching this summer is a must.  let's see who is available and go from there.