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Mets and Harvey agree to NYC-PSL rehab plan through June

Matt Harvey will do his rehab with the team in New York during homestands and work at their spring training complex in Port St. Lucie when the Mets are on the road, GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.

In June, when he gets closer to pitching off the mound, he will transition to doing his work full time in Florida.

“I think he’s happy with that arrangement,” said Alderson. “We’re happy with that arrangement. We think it will work well so we’re going to go ahead on that basis.”

Harvey had Tommy John surgery in October, 2013, and is expected to miss all of the 2014 season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Frankly, I prefer Harvey do his rehab in a log cabin, far removed from civilization, focused on getting healthy and listening to the soundtrack from Rocky IV, but apparently I don’t get a say in the matter…

Regardless of where it happens, Harvey’s most important responsibility should be to get back on field and return to being 100 percent awesome. That’s it. It isn’t to inspire his teammates, be a leader or enjoy life as a New Yorker. If that can happen in New York being around his teammates, great. If it can only happen in St. Lucie, fine. If working in two different locations is OK, that’s fine too. I don’t really care where he works and why, just so long as he’s focused on working to get back to being amazing.




51 comments
Ray Rasim Ferati
Ray Rasim Ferati

there treating him like he is seaver he only pitched one season for crying out loud

Jason Sherman
Jason Sherman

Susan Mitchell. You have no clue. If everyone wants to bolt to the Yankees like you say then why do they not have every top person? Exactly and go away!!!!!

Jason Sherman
Jason Sherman

The guys competitiveness is going to be his downfall. He wants to compete and is going to rush back and keep hurting himself. That's what I'm worried about. Location I don't care about. He has a bright future and this year the meta are going no where. Why rush things.

Susan Mitchell
Susan Mitchell

I'm curious how all of the Harvey bandwagon fans will feel when he bolts for the Yankees the first chance he gets? He'll never be Derek Jeter. First, he'd have to learn humility and class.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Why is this even being discussed? Go somewhere where the weather is nice, where he can get the medical care and supervision required, and lay low.  The guy's a drama queen.  Just get lost, come back when you're better.  And while he's rehabbing, he should try to grow up a little bit.

Erik Lum
Erik Lum

Derek Jeter he is NOT. He is not above the team. i dont care how good he is.

Michael Brett
Michael Brett

Do as your employer tells you, or go home for good.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

The volume and quality of supermodels is much higher in NYC than Port St. Lucie. Let him rehab wherever he wants. Besides, we are all too aware of the dangers of 'Dominican food' down in Florida.

James Mojica
James Mojica

This is what a leader is all about. This is why the Mets are in better shape now more than ever.

Brian Smithers
Brian Smithers

Mets: get a great prospect pitcher. Get injurded never heard from again

Kay Eltman
Kay Eltman

What are you talking about? He's not doing anything different than the location. Stop the drama already

Deborah Beck Abbott
Deborah Beck Abbott

Thank you Noah. I thought I was reading the wrong post after seeing these comments. Either they are naysayers or have reading comprehension problems.

Noah Roby
Noah Roby

More so it seems like you're trying to find something wrong with something that is perfectly fine. He's allowed to do this under the CBA. If it wasn't 'the right way' he wouldn't be allowed to do it. If he was staying in PSL you'd probably complain that he didn't want to be with the team.

Brian Benedetto
Brian Benedetto

Why..lol he is leader ..what's the difference rehab in ny ..better place better drs. .next leader of the team

Joey Fallacaro
Joey Fallacaro

Hahaha Yankee fans already know he's better than any starter they have lol don't worry guys he's hurt don't have to worry about him this year

Thomas Mullen
Thomas Mullen

He'll look good in yankee pinstripes in a few years

Susan Mitchell
Susan Mitchell

Why don't the Mets just plunk a crown on his head, and call him King, because they always seem to be bowing down to him.

Brian Blanda
Brian Blanda

Kid thinks hes jeter already, but truth is jeter would have done things the right way...get over yourself harvey

Jason Sherman
Jason Sherman

Because Brian the mets have no say in it. CBA let's them do what they want as a player.

Noah Roby
Noah Roby

Because they can't force him to be in PSL. Harvey is doing something that he is fully allowed to do. Seems like a pretty good compromise anyway. I like that he wants to be with the team.

Jason Sherman
Jason Sherman

Great. Keep pushing it man! Screw that arm up even more. And totally screw up your career.

Brian Blanda
Brian Blanda

Why are they letting harvey dictate something like that? The kids been pitching tge bigs for just over a year and ges calling the shots? Starting to not like harvey

Sharklady2
Sharklady2

@AVSNY @matthewcerrone I personally think Matt should do ALL his rehab in PSL, where every other rehabbing is done. No special treatment.

nym68
nym68

All he's accomplished was setting himself up to be attacked by the media if he isn't 100% Harvey-like when he returns. Everything will be blamed on him staying in NYC and not taking his rehab seriously

lindro88
lindro88

I'm done criticizing Harvey for his unquestioned need for attention. Whatever motivates him to pitch like he did last year is fine with me.

paulyd
paulyd

Trust me all, I bleed blue and orange as much as anyone and I would love to see Matt come back as soon as possible -- healthy and happy.  But truth is right now, Matt Harvey was a great talent.  After Tommy John surgery, we are all not sure what he is now  That includes Matt Harvey.  Its possible that his best years may be behind him.  With that as a backdrop, Matt should understand that his only goal should be to get healthy and to get better and to come back even stronger than before.  IMHO, that means shut up, do what you are told and listen to the experts.  I think some Mets fans and for that matter, Matt himself, see him as this superstar who has already won 20 games 3 times and who has a Cy Young under his belt.  Reality check is Matt has not done a damn thing yet.  And believe me, I want him to max out his potential like every other true Mets fan, but for now, he needs to take a chill pill.  Because the truth is if Matt turns out NOT to come back as the pitcher we all want him to be, all these fans talking about how the Mets should leave him alone and let him do what he wants will be ripping him apart and saying that he is a loud mouth and who does he think he is.  


Fans are fickle like that.


Let him him get better.  Let him prove it on the field before we crown him the next Bob Gibson!

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Hearts on fire.. strong desire...fever's rising HIGHHHHH

Brian Weryavah
Brian Weryavah

The Mets are going to appease Matt Harvey in every way possible. Looking down the road, and I know it is a few years away. Matt Harvey has bolting to the Yankees written all over him.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I don't doubt his focus. I just don't want Harvey thinking that he can get back too soon and reinjure himself.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I love it that Harvey could be on target to pitch this year. He ain't no Pedro Martinez or Johan Santana. Baby step here. Baby step there. Maybe I'll throw today. Maybe not. Get R Done Matt. I bet he pitches in Aug. or Sept. and gets the Mets into the playoffs. Wouldn't that be cool if he won the Mets 90th win.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Matt Harvey is gettin annoying who does this guy think he is. He talks too much and has too much pull around here. Shut ur mouth get healthy and pitch nobody wants to hear from u at all

hashburry
hashburry

Rehabbing blows.  I think it is good for him to do it someplace where he will be happy.  It'll make it easier.  Having said that, Harvey should jus tone down his act a tad, until he never wins that Cy Young.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Who gets credit for all the frequent flier miles between NY and PSL?

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

@Macacawitz   If it were such an obvious decision, there wouldn't be an issue in the first place, now would there? Just because YOU would have no issues with rehabbing down in Florida doesn't mean Harvey has to feel the same way. Despite the perceived benefits of rehabbing down south-- the warmer weather, the familiarity with the complex--it's clear that Harvey would rather rehab in NY for whatever reason; doesn't that say it all? Obviously, he has his reasons for wanting to be up here, and the Mets should respect that. 


Personally, I have no issues with Harvey being Harvey. He hasn't been shy about enjoying his fame and embracing the spotlight.  It's not my kind of style, but I would much rather have him be the way he is than be one of those drama queens (a la Puig, Harper to a degree, etc) who pretend to be little angels and are anything but. There are too many fake people out there as it is, especially in the world of sports. I'm glad Harvey is willing to be himself and do and think whatever the hell he wants.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@nym68 I doubt that, all for him hanging around with the team. People don't rehab 24/7. Instead of him going fishing and being bored out of his mind and unhappy he can be with the team/his family, be happy and surrounded by the game.

Bill Werner
Bill Werner

@paulyd  "The experts"?  The Met's medical staff doesn't have a great track record.  If Matt says he wants to be in the dugout then why not?  I'm sure he will do all that he has to do to get back asap.  If in 2015, so be it.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@paulyd Most pitchers come back fine, if not stronger after TJ surgery...as long as that is the only TJ surgery they need.

gloveman
gloveman

@Brian Weryavah  If the Mets have any sense, and I think they do as far as maximizing value for their players, I'd guess they would work to signing him long term when they see he's healthy, and if Harvey Balks at this, then trade him. Lets just hope if he ends up a Yankee eventually it is because they coughed up plenty to the Mets to get him. Or because he was a free agent after we fleeced a different organization!

lindro88
lindro88

Let's hope Matt has one season as dominant as some of Pedro's.

hashburry
hashburry

@Bob Burket  Mats/Harvey split them.  Alderson is hoping he can use his half for a flight to the GM meetings next year.

nym68
nym68

@crafalko17 @nym68  my point is that the press will blame it on him staying in New York. If he gets off to a Harvey-like start when he gets back everything will be ok. But if he starts off slow the press are going to attack him for acting like a diva

lindro88
lindro88

Seeing Medlan and Beachy both going in for a second TJ is a wake up call about that theory.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@lindro88 For sure, but it could just be that some pitchers are more likely to need it again. No real direct correlation about recovery time. It varies person to person and as long as he is healthy all you can do is hope.