Thursday, August 14, 2014
Mets News: Matt Harvey throws bullpen session Wednesday, Wants to pitch in 2014 - Mets want him to slow it down
Matt Harvey continued to rehab Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The right-hander, who is building stamina bit by bit in a restitched ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, threw a 27-pitch bullpen session at the Mets’ training complex.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets would dial back the intensity of their young ace’s throwing routine. Harvey had surgery to replace his elbow ligament Aug. 28 of last year. Two weeks ago, he returned to throwing off a mound and the Mets signaled he might throw in a fall league game later in the year.
Jeremy Hefner, another Mets pitcher was about a month ahead of Harvey in recovering from the same procedure. He re-injured his elbow this week, the Mets decided to slow Harvey down in the process.
Harvey said Wednesday that he still hopes to pitch in 2014, and raved about how good he felt in a 27-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
"I threw a bullpen today and I didn't miss a spot," Harvey said Wednesday evening during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7. "I felt like I was easily throwing into the low to mid 90s, with pretty much no effort.
"I know there's a process, but as a competitor I want to get out there as soon as possible."
Collins said he and Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen were supposed to speak with Harvey by telephone early Wednesday evening, but Collins said after the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals that they were never able to make contact with him.