Matt Harvey got back on the mound Friday, beginning a throwing program that the New York Mets say will take him to the end of the major-league season in September.
The Mets say that Harvey could then face hitters in a low-intensity environment, possibly in the instructional league or in the Arizona Fall League.
Harvey had been waiting for this day, and actually pushed the Mets to allow him to throw on Friday. The Mets had set his official throwing program to begin next Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, but they had also told Harvey that he had to wait until August.
The Mets asked him to limit himself to about 60 to 70 percent effort, but Harvey said he "let the last one go a little, to see if there was still something in the tank."
He said there was.
"It was awesome," he said. "It was definitely a big success. It felt pretty normal. It felt like I never left the mound."