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Matt Harvey hopes to start throwing on February 22

Feb 8, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

Matt Harvey AP AP

Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is a severe long shot to throw a pitch in the majors this season, but he continues to make progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, Harvey said Thursday that he’s aiming to begin throwing on February 22. That’s just two weeks from today.

“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery and that’s Feb. 22, and I haven’t had any setbacks,” Harvey, who had elbow surgery in October, told The Post.“I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As if right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

During an appearance on WFAN yesterday, Harvey said that his rehab is going “really smoothly” and that he recently resumed regular weight training. He plans to report to spring training along with the other pitchers and catchers on February 15.

Harvey continues to hint at the possibility of pitching for the Mets before the end of the season, but MetsBlog notes that GM Sandy Alderson told a group of season-ticket holders Thursday that it’s unlikely he’ll pitch for the club this year even if they are in a pennant race. The typical recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months. Harvey had his surgery on October 22 last year.

  1. bostonboresme - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    What if he never comes close to what he was in his first 230+ IP?

    • spudchukar - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Really no option but Seppuku.

    • cohnjusack - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Meh, lotsa guys have had Tommy John and it didn’t seem to make their workload suffer. Adam Wainwright lead the MLB in IP his second season back from Tommy John,

      36 pitchers threw 200 or more innings last year, and three of those had undergone Tommy John (Wainwright, Zimmerman and Wilson).

      Here’s a list of active players who have undergone TJ

  2. yahmule - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    He really loves to pitch. He wants to be out there on the mound so badly they have to protect him from himself.

  3. plmathfoto - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Glad he got the surgery instead of rehabbing and hope he takes it easy, dude has a long career in front of him, glad to see management thinking the same way for once

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    • nymets4ever - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Laptops, lapdances, tomayto, tomahto.

    • janessa31888 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Roommates step sister? Who’s it going to be next time? Your second cousins brother-in -law? Silly spammers.

      • Nik K - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        This is why you don’t use overseas workers for blog commenting.

  5. aceshigh11 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    The only thing this guy is gonna be pitching this season is Qualcomm.

  6. kev86 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    USA! Rooting for a good recovery for Matt Harvey. Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard in 2015 sounds nice.

  7. cackalackyank - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    ” that it’s unlikely he’ll pitch for the club this year even if they are in a pennant race.”

    Pretty safe bet this comment will not be tested.

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