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Matt Harvey no longer expects to pitch for the Mets this year

Jun 11, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Matt Harvey has insisted all along that he planned to pitch this season, but now that his recovery process from Tommy John elbow surgery has been slowed down a bit by the Mets he’s come around to the idea that it might be 2015 before he sees games action in the majors again:

I’m always going to be on board with what they have to say. I can only do so much, and speak my two cents. As a competitor, I’m always going to want to get out there, but I can’t write myself out there and set up my own program, so whatever they have set up is obviously the way we’re going to go. …

I think it was a matter of me not wanting it to happen. I still want to pitch this year. That’s always going to be on my mind. But coming to realize that I can’t write myself in the lineup is becoming a little bit more realistic.

Anthony DiComo of reports that Harvey was initially scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday for the first time, but those plans have been pushed back and general manager Sandy Alderson has said that the Mets won’t let Harvey appear in a game until at least 11 months after surgery.

In other words, there was never any real chance of Harvey pitching in the majors this year. It’s just that he’s finally realizing that’s the case now.

  1. karlkolchak - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I dunno, this might be a worrisome development. Stephen Strasburg (for one) was able to return in September the year following his TJ surgery (the timing of his injury was similar in terms of time of the season). Strasburg pitched fairly well and it set up his outstanding 2012 campaign.

    Not EVRY pitcher makes it all the way back from TJS. Let’s hope that isn’t the case for Harvey.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I originally used the Strasburg comparison, too (didn’t hurt that I saw him light it up in his return in person), but the difference is Strasburg had his surgery right away – his return was almost exactly a year from when he went under the knife. Harvey tried to rehab first, putting off his surgery until late October.

  2. yahmule - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I can’t wait to see him on the mound again.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Well, that was quite a turnaround. I wonder what her name is.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I don’t think there is any advantage to rushing him back, and there is significant risk. Let him get his reps in a controlled environment where he won’t try to gut out any discomfort or struggles. 2015 should be glorious.

  5. Andee - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I like the fire in Harvey but this is the last thing you should rush before you undo all the rehab and healing.

  6. rbj1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    And I no longer expect to date Kate Upton this year.

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      I still want to, but you know, probably not going to happen. Maybe next year.

      • paperlions - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Are you just now realizing that you can’t write your name in her date book yourself?

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Well, to be fair, that’s because Verlander broke both my arms when I asked her out. I didn’t know he was so protective… Stupid jock.

  7. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    It’s not a worrisome development the team never wanted him to rush back for a lousy season it was just his big mouth and his over whelming need for attention and media spotlight that had him saying he would come back blah blah blah. It’s the right move the team sucks and management won this argument.

    • nsauser - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Another case of the tail trying to wag the dog. Hopefully, Harvey has learned his lesson that the team will dictate when a player is ready to come back from an injury/surgery.

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