The Mets have told Matt Harvey he can do his rehab from Tommy John surgery in New York during the season, according to a source (Rubin (ESPN) Mar. 24).
He will transition to Port St. Lucie when he gets close to facing live hitters.
Harvey has been on record this spring repeatedly saying he would like to do his rehab with the big-league team, which is his right, according to league rules. However, according to multiple reports, Sandy Alderson wanted Harvey to rehab in St. Lucie away from the team and media.
“For me, I strongly felt that my best opportunity, and my motivation to come back quicker, stronger, work harder would be to be with the teammates,” Harvey told New York Daily News columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, Mar. 18). “I have worked so hard to get to the point where I was, and all of a sudden I get hurt, and it’s ‘you’ve got to stay in Florida, you’ve got to disappear from New York, you’ve got to do this.’ I took pride in living in New York, and being a New Yorker. I live there all year round. It’s a place I love being.”
Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, who is also recovering from the same surgery, threw from flat ground at 75 feet Monday.