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Friday, February 7, 2014

Mets star Matt Harvey plans to start throwing in two weeks

By on 2/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

It doesn't seem like much time has passed since Matt Harvey had Tommy John surgery. That won't stop the New York Mets' sidelined ace from trying everything he can to get back to the mound as soon as possible. ESPN New York's Adam Rubin spoke to Harvey, who said that he's going to start throwing as early as he's allowed to, which ought to be later this month.

"They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that's Feb. 22," Harvey told the Post. "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 if right now, I don't see why I wouldn't be able to do that."

Harvey has already stated how well his rehab is going this offseason and towards the end of January, he spoke about his hope of returning to pitch this season. It's clear that the 24-year-old is committed to working hard to beat the standard 12-month recovery timeframe but he is also aware that other people will be making decisions about his progression. He also told Rubin that he's only going to press forward if he is cleared to play and is obviously progressing.

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The Mets' front office have a very recent cautionary tale in the form of San Diego Padres left-hander Cory Luebke. Earlier this week, SIA's Jacob Fagan reported on the news that Luebke would have to undergo a second Tommy John surgery in under two years after a second UCL tear was revealed in an MRI. Luebke's first surgery took place in May 2012 and he has not pitched in the majors since. It's a stark reminder that not all players automatically recover from having the surgery. In a year where the Mets might only get a few appearances out of Harvey even if he does pitch, it's hard to see the front office taking any risks with the recovery of their star pitcher.


  1. Really hope he comes back throwing as well as he did before the surgery

  2. Me too - he was so good to watch last year it'd be a real shame if he never gets back to that level. It'll take him a little while but he does have time on his side. The likes of Adam Wainwright have shown it's possible if everything goes well.