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Matt Harvey throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

Feb 23, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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Good news this weekend out of Mets camp …

According to beat writer Tim Rohan of the New York Times, rehabbing right-hander Matt Harvey threw a baseball Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last October. The workout consisted of 20 light throws from 60 feet. Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello was Harvey’s throwing partner and a number of players, coaches, and executives observed.

“I felt very good,” Harvey told reporters shortly after completing the throwing session. “Kind of surprised, actually. Going into it, I didn’t really know what to expect. … I feel brand-new.”

Harvey will miss the entire 2014 season but should be in great shape for the start of the 2015 campaign.

The 24-year-old boasts a 2.39 ERA, 0.985 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 through his first 237 2/3 major league innings.

  1. pjmitch - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Should he really be throwing this early?

    • Old Gator - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I guess the doctors cleared him or he wouldn’t be. Nor would the team have let him. There’s a limit even to the Wilpoons’ desperation.

      But it’s great to see him up and rounding, if slowly and laboriously, into shape again. The game needs exciting young ballplayers like Harvey to take our minds off its slimebag aspect, like the A-Roid stench, the continued presence of Scrooge McLoria and the recent Phillies screwing of Ben Wetzler.

  2. musketmaniac - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Nice to see him bounce, if so the mets could be a sleeper.

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