Harvey told reporters in late May that he expected to be throwing off a mound that week, but Sandy Alderson put it on hold. He said in June that he expected to throw off a mound in July. Instead, he’ll continue to throw off flat ground.
“I know if I get on a mound and something happens, it will be awful, just terrible to go through this again,” Harvey told Ackert. “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 said that, although Harvey may wish to make five to seven starts this season, the Mets want him to wait at least 11 months after his Tommy John surgery before he pitches in a game, which is standard protocol and the doctor recommended time frame.
Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, recently said pitchers rehabbing from Tommy John surgery should wait 14 to 16 months before pitching in a game.
Harvey had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. He has said he would like to go in to the off season knowing he’s capable of pitching in a game, so that his off-season routine can be as close to normal as possible.