The Mets want Matt Harvey to wait at least 11 months after his Tommy John surgery before he pitches in a game for the Mets, which is standard protocol and the doctor recommended time frame, Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday.
Harvey had his surgery on Oct. 22, 2014, which leaves only the final week of September for him to pitch in a regular season, big-league game.
Harvey has said he wants to go in to the off season knowing he’s capable of pitching in a game.
“I think there are other ways that we can provide that kind of peace of mind (for him), whether it’s in instructional league or some other setting,” Alderson said. “So, that’s yet to be determined.”
The organization’s instructional league runs September in to October.
Harvey said he was caught off guard when the team stopped him Monday from throwing off the lope of a mound.
“They have a higher power,” he said, noting that he has yet to be told why his throwing session was postponed and when he’ll throw again. “I don’t know if somebody talked to a doctor or whatnot and they felt that things needed to slow down,” Harvey said. “Whatever they decided, I haven’t quite talked to them yet.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The way I understand it, unlike with Jeremy Hefner, the Mets worry about Harvey’s pedal-to-the-metal, only-full-speed approach to pitching. Hefner said he threw at 75 percent effort when pitching off a mound Monday for the first time since surgery. I guess the Mets worry Harvey will not show a similar restraint, even at this stage of his rehab, let alone when in a game, and doing too much too soon could risk needing a second surgery.