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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey aiming to throw off a mound in two weeks

By on 12/03/2014 04:15:00 PM

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey plans to start throwing off a mound in about two weeks for the first time since the regular season in attempt to get ready for spring training, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Harvey has not pitched in a regular season game since August 24, 2013 due to a torn UCL, leading to subsequent Tommy John surgery. He has been throwing off flat grown six days a week since the end of the regular season and will report to spring training early on Feb. 1 to face live batters, barring any setbacks.

The 25-year-old burst on to the scene in his rookie season and continued impressing with an outstanding 2013 campaign, posting a 2.39 ERA (2.33 FIP) and a strikeout rate of 27.9 percent through his first 36 career starts.

New York has high hopes for the 2015 season and beyond behind an exciting, young pitching staff, but will need Harvey at his best to compete with the Washington Nationals for the NL East crown. The Mets will limit Harvey's innings next season but plan to structure it in such a way to allow him to pitch in important games late in the year or potentially the postseason.  

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