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Friday, August 15, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey will not pitch this season

By on 8/15/2014 07:30:00 AM

Although the New York Mets are sitting in fourth place in the National League East and have struggled offensively, the pitching staff has been a bright spot, ranked 11th in the Major Leagues in ERA. What makes this more impressive is the fact that the Mets have been without Matt Harvey all season. Although Harvey wanted to try and pitch this season, it's now been confirmed that will not be the case.

I reported yesterday that Harvey, who has been out all season following elbow surgery, was scheduled  to throw 25 pitches off a mound at the team's minor-league complex on August 12. But general manager Sandy Alderson talked to Harvey about slowing down his recovery.  Although Alderson had not completely ruled out Harvey to pitch sometime this season, he didn't expect it to happen.

An update on Harvey, as reported by Adam Rubin of, is that Mets' manager Terry Collins confirmed that Harvey will not pitch again this season. Collins felt that Harvey was attempting to come back too fast and acknowledged that his personality, that makes him a force on the mound, also makes it tough to contain him at this time.
"No. 1, he's a tremendous competitor. That being said, he's a bulldog at the same time. There's no backing down with Matt Harvey -- for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He's feeling good."
Although Harvey will not pitch again this season, Collins is not concerned about Harvey's ability to contribute next season.
"I'm not worried about Matt. He's going to be fine. I know he's going to be fine. He's going to get through the process. He's not going to pitch this year. I'm settled with that. He's settled with that. And I've just told him you've got to take a look at the big picture and you've got to be careful what you're doing and what you're saying, because you have to be here next year."

Harvey was excellent last season for the Mets, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. In 178 1/3 innings, he allowed only 135 hits, walked 31 and struck out 191. In two Major League seasons, Harvey has a record of 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 261 strikeouts in 237 2/3 innings.

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