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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey's first start may be pushed back to home opener

By on 12/17/2014 11:30:00 AM

The New York Mets won 79 games this past season behind a pitching staff that was ninth in the Major Leagues in ERA. Although improving the offense this winter should be a priority, the Mets are spending the early stages of this off season considering the the health of Matt Harvey, who is looking to return to form following Tommy John surgery which cost him all of 2014. It appeared a few weeks ago that Harvey would be put on an innings limit next season, but now that will not be the case.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on December 3 that Harvey,  who hasn't pitched in a Major League game since August 23, 2013, was set to throw off a mound in about two weeks.

An update on Harvey, as reported by Adam Rubin or, is that Harvey could start the season on the disabled list, should the Mets elect to hold Harvey's first start back to the home opener, which would be April 13 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harvey was excellent for the Mets in 2013, 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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