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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mets' Matt Harvey to begin throwing February 22

By on 2/08/2014 12:00:00 PM

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is not expected to pitch at all in 2014 due to October Tommy John surgery, but if he keeps progressing at his current pace, he could make a case for getting some late-season action. Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that Harvey has so far progressed a little faster than anticipated and could possibly begin throwing by Saturday, February 22.

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Harvey is one of 22 Major League players on their teams' 40-man rosters still recovering from Tommy John surgery. He had his surgery performed on October 22, and initial reports have him missing the entire season. He feels optimistic that he can recover in time to make a few starts before the season ends barring any setbacks, but he and the Mets organization know not to try to rush him back too fast. He is happy right now just to have the chance to throw a baseball. Martin quotes Harvey as saying,
“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery and that’s Feb. 22, and I haven’t had any setbacks. I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As of right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.... I completely agree that I shouldn't come back too soon."
At age 24, the long term is far more important than pitching this year, especially if the Mets are out of contention. He is a true ace, and the Mets will need him healthy in 2015 and beyond.

In his first full season, 2013, Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, and 5.2 WAR. He started the All-Star game in his home park and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting.

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