Matt Harvey

Mets will not allow Harvey to face batters until spring training

Matt Harvey, who is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will not be allowed to face batters until spring training (Ackert, September 4).

Harvey had initially hoped to return to game action this season. Instead, he will throw three more bullpen sessions before being shut down for the offseason.

While he won’t be allowed to face batters or throw at 100 percent, Harvey – who has just been throwing fastballs – will be permitted to throw his curve, slider, and change during one of his final bullpen sessions.

According to Ackert, Harvey will continue the process when spring training begins in February. That will include facing batters and eventually appearing in games.

Harvey, 25, had Tommy John surgery last October.




28 comments
Kathy Jones Stewart
Kathy Jones Stewart

I think that's smart of them for once. Why let him come back early and possibly screw up his arm again. There was a pitcher that is scheduled for his 3rd Tommy John surgery. That's just crazy.

dbBBfan14
dbBBfan14

@SNYtv How else will he pitch next Sept when games really mean something?! Can imagine chaos when Mets tell him he has reached IP limit!?

bigmike4531
bigmike4531

@SNYtv nor should they...and Matt has to adult and professional enough to understand that.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

"Eventually appearing in games"  That doesn't sound good.  By spring training he will be 16 months past the surgery.  He should be ready to participate in a normal spring training and be on the mound opening day -- 18 months past surgery!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Ah, but will he face the cameras?

lholztrio
lholztrio

Isn't this old news from 5 months ago?

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

The woes will continue unless we can move Sandys bad contracts of Niese, Grandy and Wright. Extend Duda and Murphy and get as couple of bats in here.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

So, this means that any setback at all will put him back to almost June of next year.  Something tells me that the Mets will be a poor excuse for a team in the early going again and he will be shelved to be precautionary until almost the All-Star break of 2015.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

And, What exactly should Harvey be doing over the winter to be ready for next season?

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Will he be ready for opening day or are we looking at an extended spring training for Matt?

Steven Bauer
Steven Bauer

Just have Harvey do some winter ball to get off some rust.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Blanca Recinos Niese hardly has a bad contract. He has had his struggles this year, but until his stint on the DL, he was extremely consistent. Remember that streak of 3 ER or less? Please stop. Just...stop.

Eddie Bad-Man Cedeno
Eddie Bad-Man Cedeno

Wait.. So now Wright's got a bad contract because he's struggled? Smh please stop.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@shinjoooo I think the point of this is to avoid a setback. I think a setback like Hefner's would be devastating.

mrgee
mrgee

Well, lets hop in our time machines and set 'em to next spring and find out...

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

Not in rotation on a good team, 4th or 5th starter on an average team.

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

Because he never wins and has a blowup inning every game. He never became what they though. He cleared wavers, yet no one asked for him,. His FB is down to 85 to 87 mph. Is that enough, I have more stats. Sandy has Never signed a good contract, never.

hashburry
hashburry

Actually, you didn't produce any stats. Just your lack of knowledge.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@Blanca Recinos Niese never wins, but has a over .500 career winning PCT. Never became what? Niese was drafted in the 7th round in 2005. Standouts Cain, Butera, Pellot and Pelfrey were picked before him. Don't know some of those names? Never made it. I would say Niese is the best of that bunch.

Clearing waivers means almost nothing. Everyone knows Sandy was not going to give him away and would pull him back, he was never going anywhere. So GM's let him pass on by not because of Niese but because of Sandy. 

Many pitchers have lowered MPH on their pitches and can pitch better. So that point is mute really. Google Greg Maddox 80's heater, you will know what I mean.

Niese's contract is $5 million average a season. You do know that is a steal. Fangraphs has him at $5.9 million of value this year while making $5 million or for the most part even money.

Before Wright's down year, some due to injury, Fangraphs had him a 40th place of all ML players for trade value and this included his salary. Hard to say it was a bad signing from one down year. Sandy never signed a good contract? Ok.