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Monday, September 23, 2013

Mets News: No Timetable for Harvey's Throwing Program, Wheeler Shut Down till Christmas

Mets News: 

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that there is no clear-cut target date for Harvey to start his throwing program, but said the right-hander is already in the six-to-eight week window Harvey has to prove he can move forward without completing the procedure.

As for what Harvey has to do to convince the Mets and doctors he does not need the surgery, Alderson said the 24-year-old “needs to throw to a near competitive level pain-free and perhaps on more than one occasion.”

Where Harvey would do that remains unknown.

“I don’t know the exact answer, but possibilities would include the Arizona Fall League for a start or two,” Alderson said. “Going elsewhere for a start or two. Trying to replicate competitive conditions as closely as possible.”

Matt Harvey has not yet begun a throwing program as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery for the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

A doctor examined Zack Wheeler’s right shoulder after the rookie complained of stiffness last week, but an MRI was ruled unnecessary, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Nevertheless, Wheeler was shut down for the season as a precautionary measure with an innings limit drawing near. He was scheduled to pitch Monday against the Reds, which would have likely been his final start regardless. He completed his season with 168 2/3 innings pitched between the majors and Triple-A -- 100 of which came in the majors. The Mets had indicated his limit would be around 180 innings.

Wheeler told The Star-Ledger he won’t resume throwing until around Christmas time, as he usually does every offseason.

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