According to the NY Daily News, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey declared himself ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. He spoke openly for the first time since surgery and says he feels good.
“I am just doing range of motion stuff now, but today was the first day I could take the bandages off and I was at (Hospital for Special Surgery) working and everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule,” Harvey said as he walked to the “blue carpet,” outside at the Garden before the Rangers’ first home game of the season in the newly renovated arena. “We were able to straighten it today and I think they were surprised I could do that, already. “So the rehab is ahead of schedule,” said Harvey
Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The 24-year old took his time exploring his options before committing to surgery, which generally takes a year to recover from. After talking to other pitchers who had suffered similar injuries, most notably Roy Halladay, he began a program to strengthen the muscles around the tendon to try and throw with the partial tear.
He never got to the throwing portion of the program before he decided on having the surgery. Harvey admitted Monday night it was a “tough,” situation for him.
“Before I decided to go with surgery, I wanted to make sure I was mentally prepared, just fully committed in my decision,” Harvey said.