Matt Harvey

Mets may further slow down Matt Harvey’s recovery plan

In light of Jeremy Hefner’s recent re-injury, Sandy Alderson said the Mets have already talked with Matt Harvey about slowing down his rehab schedule from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey has thrown off a mound three times since having surgery.

He again told reporters last week that he still hopes to pitch in a game this season. (Santucci, Aug. 5). However, while Alderson has repeatedly said Harvey is not likely to pitch in the big leagues, he could throw in the Arizona Fall League or the team’s instructional league.

The team is also considering restricting Harvey to only bullpen sessions, while postponing game work until next spring.

Hefner, who had Tommy John surgery roughly two months before Harvey, injured his repaired ligament and may undergo surgery again.

“My sense is that Matt will at least take this into account, as we will,” Alderson said. “My sense is he’s reassessing.”




112 comments
Gregg Stone
Gregg Stone

Light and Slow tossing for now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gary Chatterton
Gary Chatterton

Shut Harvey and DeGrom down for the remainder of the year. Let Mejia get his hernia surgery done with. Come back in 2015 ready to go and to conquer the NL East!

Mark Weitzner
Mark Weitzner

This year has been wasted on blown saves, poor hitting, and bad management. Let Harvey take his time. Their starting pitching is their only bright spot. Trade either den Dekker or Newenheise. Throw in Flores and or Campbell who strikes out too much. Get a power outfielder. Bring in Wally......Go Mets!

Marc Bovay
Marc Bovay

About time, opening day OPENING DAY.

John McGraw
John McGraw

No need to comeback this season. Yet don't stop & hinder his rehab unless there's a set back, injury. Go Mets!

Matthew Filosa
Matthew Filosa

By unproven I mean his future performance is unproven. The past is over. Right now, Wheeler is the Mets' ace and hopefully Harvey will return healthy and become an ace again.

Matthew Filosa
Matthew Filosa

Question for you guys at SNY. You mentioned Matt Harvey was the Mets' ace right now. I have to disagree - as long as he's injured and unproven (Harvey) how can you deny that Zack Wheeler is currently the Mets' ace?

Joseph Jerminario
Joseph Jerminario

Good because the Mets are not going anywhere except the basement if they keep playing like the 62 Mets!

Justin Hudock
Justin Hudock

Hes just trying to showcase his stuff for the Yanks for FA in 2018....or 2017 when we trade him cause we will never afford to resign him....

Gland1
Gland1

I don't think this remotely changes the plan for Harvey.  It is obvious that the team and the agent did not want him to rush.  Basically now they have an example to point to as another reason for him not to hurry back.  Now when Harvey tries to push to pitch this year they can remind him "see what happened to your friend?  That's why we've been taking it slow".   They've been humoring him all along with the idea that he could potentially pitch this year; that was never going to happen.

Dylan Taggart
Dylan Taggart

Harvey comes back, Duda has another career year, Granderson gets in more power, Wright has an alright year next year, Murphy gets more hits, d'Arnaud has a better season, and DeGrom comes back healthy and better. Is this the formula that proves the 2015 New York Mets can make the playoffs, or am I just dreaming?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Am in agreement with the two assessments of Harvey below. Keep in mind that Dr Harvey has a record of listening to voices, and any action on his own would have worse consequences than following a more cautious approach. There is no plan that is written in stone, and yes each case should be treated individulally.

hayden lowenstein
hayden lowenstein

Basing Harvey's rehab schedule on an injury sustained by a different pitcher undergoing his own rehab is short sighted piece-meal type amateurism that is typical of the Mets.  Harvey should be on his own schedule, based on how HIS rehab is going.  No faster or slower.  This reactionary BS that is typical of the Mets is what gets them in trouble in the first place.  If they had a good plan in place for strength and conditioning and rehabilitation in the first place, they wouldn't be going back and forth like this based on random events.  

Nick Soave
Nick Soave

Can we be reasonable here? Hefner's re-injury was rare. Also everyone is not the same, and Matt Harvey is not Jeremy Hefner. That said, he should take it nice and slow; the Mets are not winning anything this year.

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

Absolutely, Harvey doesn't need to rush, but nor should the Mets be deciding what to do with him based upon a freak injury to one guy out of 1,000. I've been following baseball for almost 30 years and working in sports medicine for nearly 20, and yesterday was the first time I'd ever even heard of a pitcher developing a stress fracture in his forearm.  There might be some really extenuating circumstances in play with Hefner (already, I've read he made a change to his mechanics while doing his rehab throwing). S[tuff] happens sometimes.  Are they going to back up Harvey another month if Kris Medlen runs into a problem?

This organization makes far too many knee-jerk reactions to things.  There should've been a plan for Harvey from the start, it should've been made clear to everyone, they should've stuck to it, and they should still be sticking to it now.  All this decision-making based upon which way the wind is blowing is how a team ends up going 6 years without sniffing the playoffs.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Don't just look to Hefner's experience but listen to his own agent, Scott Boras.

Stuart Miller
Stuart Miller

and they need to make meija get his hernia surgery now

Joseph Bealey
Joseph Bealey

This isn't the first time a pitcher has had to get Tommy John surgery. It feels as if the Mets have no idea how to handle this.

Scott Zubrinsky
Scott Zubrinsky

We don't need him this yr. This team is going nowhere ..

Artie Sterling
Artie Sterling

No rush.... Worry about being ready & healthy for next season. Who knows maybe you'll have some run support next yr.

Joe Serignese
Joe Serignese

very smart move he is thick headed needs to slow down he is our future

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I just think for all the song and dance that the mets need to spend this off-season they end up with either Jed Lowrie or Jimmy Rollins at SS as well as Alex Rios or Michael Cuddyer in LF.

BLaze Man
BLaze Man

Just call up the young guys and see what they have. N limit the. Key players

John Pentony Jr
John Pentony Jr

Good idea, look to the Jeremy Hefner situation and go at it from there.

Nick Mattioli
Nick Mattioli

I Guess it took hefner getting hurt again to make them pay closer attention to harvey

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Gland1 You may be right, but it's been common knowledge from the start that the Mets weren't keen on Harvey coming back this season.  Why at this point is Alderson talking about Harvey in relation to Hefner at all?  If he was directly asked about it by a reporter, all he had to say was, "No, this doesn't affect our plans for Matt."  Instead we're waking up to headlines like, "Mets put brakes on Harvey after Hefner setback."

Even if the front office isn't making it up as they go, this situation certainly makes them look like it.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@alphaq I like the fact that he also is a good defensive 3B to back up DW in case of another DW injury. The kid is from Nebraska and I heard his wife Jamie was not a big fan of NYC life. They are very happy in KC Mo. and would give KC big home team discount to stay there. The other issue is he wants at least 3 /4 years. That means you block #1 pick Conforto who may be here in Sept 2015.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Anthony Gaetano DeCesare Mets may seek to acquire a young guy at SS that is not making big money like Owens on AZ or Baez or Castro from Cubs. Rollins is not long term solution but if he would take a 1 year contract the Mets would do it while Matt Reynolds develops--but I doubt JRoll would want that deal. 

Gland1
Gland1

@Shawn Sparks The headlines don't seem to have any relation to what Alderson is saying.  His quote above was about Harvey's take on the situation.  I think they are hoping this scares the crap out of Harvey and he gets on board with their plan.  Harvey is the only one here who doesn't want to take it slow.


It's always dangerous to put too much stock into headlines.  Believing what you read on this site and others often makes things look a lot worse and disorganized than they really are.  This situation is pretty meaningless.

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

Of course the headlines sensationalize everything, but why even bring Harvey into the Hefner conversation? Alderson is the one who established a connection. If he just says, "This has no bearing on our plans for Matt," there's no story for which to write a headline.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@alphaq @2ndhalffun Another issue with Gordon is he is lefty. Between Murphy, Curtis and DUDA and then adding Gordon we become susceptible to left reliever specialists.  That is another reason Marlon makes some sense for LF and he can also replace Curtis against tough lefty in RF. 

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@alphaq @2ndhalffun  Alex is signed through 2015 and KC has an option in 2016. 

4 yrs/$37.5M (12-15) & 16 team option

Don't see Mets wanting to spend that much as he is already at $9 million + per year.  

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@alphaq @2ndhalffun  I would love a stop gap of Marlon Byrd for 1 year contract with team option while Conforto develops. It has only been a few games but I love the new swing of MDD and his flexibility to also play Center if JLAg gets hurt. Let's see what MDD does remaining of season. 

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Gland1 @2ndhalffun @Anthony Gaetano DeCesare  Since already vested and he is a 5 and 10 guy he is going nowhere. 

Gland1
Gland1

@2ndhalffun @alphaq  What are you going to trade for Byrd?  Supposedly the Phillies had a huge asking price on him.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Gland1 @2ndhalffun @alphaq  Hard to know what Phillies would want. I would not trade young pitching but I would trade Niese and get back Byrd and since I am giving up Niese I want something else from Philly. I think Niese is an injury waiting to happen and his velocity is down and his salary is going up. Philly GM would do Niese for Byrd straight up as they badly need starting pitching. Byrd is signed through 2015 and has a player option for 2016 that I think is based upon AB's. Byrd loved NY and his family wanted to stay in NY.  Even if he stayed in 2016 he could pinch hit and get in against tough lefties as Conforto is lefty hitter. It is not a perfect scenario but looking over the market I really do not see many stop gap Left fielders that are affordable and are good players.