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Matt Harvey was maybe not supposed to throw his mound session on Friday

Aug 4, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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Matt Harvey threw off a mound on Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He did it at Citi Field and, apparently, things went well. Andy Martino of the Daily News reports, however, that maybe he wasn’t supposed to have done that:

Was Harvey scheduled to take that particular step on Friday? Or was the mound session supposed to wait until Tuesday in Port St. Lucie? Let’s just say that different people at the ballpark had different ideas of the plan, and Mets personnel spent part of the afternoon trying to iron that particular wrinkly shirt.

 

Martino says that other than confusion it created no problems, but does note that this is part of the deal with Harvey: he’s headstrong and does what he wants. It seems, however, that the Mets are generally cool with it even if it causes them consternation at times. It’s easier to be cool with it when the guy is poised to lead your pitching staff for several years.

Fascinating stuff in a fascinating city for fascinating stuff. The sort of “it’s all cool until the moment it isn’t” dynamic that seems to happen in New York more than anyplace else.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Go Harvey

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    It’s cool right till the moment he does something that hurts his arm. Which is of course impossible to predict.

    We’re Mets fans. Half of us will automatically root for the opposite of whatever the management wants, and urge Harvey on. And half of us will pay too much attention to Dylan Bundy and assume this is Harvey’s future, and hope nothing goes wrong.

    • stex52 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      That’s the deal, isn’t it, sdel? I’m a big admirer of Harvey’s, and he has the potential to make a big splash. But as little as we may think of Mets’ management, I doubt Harvey can be absolutely sure of what is best for him and how his arm will heal. And if he did permanent damage, that would be a terrible shame.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Are those halves mutually exclusive or independent?

    • ltzep75 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Remember the [John] Maine [re-injury]!

      • dondada10 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Remind me again what happened exactly the second time around. I remember him starting a game and throwing one pitch and the manager, I think it may have been Jerry Manuel, removed him and he was essentially done after that.

      • ltzep75 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        I believe he then threw for various reporters to demonstrate he wasn’t injured, and ended up ending his career.

  3. evanpenn - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    His attitude is part of what makes him the pitcher he is, just gotta accept it.

  4. uuddlrlrbastart - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    MLB Network showed him throwing on the Citi Field Ballpark Cam and I’m pretty sure Dan Warthen was with him. If anyone is supposed to know when Harvey is supposed to be throwing, you’d think it’s the pitching coach.

    • evanpenn - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      He may have been with him, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t try to stop him initially.

  5. jonvb123 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    OMG! OMG! He might have thrown off the mound on Friday instead of Tuesday. Wow, a whole 4 days early!! Earth-shattering news here!! Was there a point to this article?

    • tigersfandan - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      When determining whether someone is ready to throw off a mound, 4 days is an eternity.

  6. sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    the news in this is how the organization, the G.M. the trainer, the manger could not be on the SAME page as to when he was going to throw.

    that he threw isn’t the story here to me at all.

    the Mets are such a mess that they can’t even get a handful of people on the same side.

    someone can’t run, plan, and communicate well at all

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Yep.

  7. jilljulias - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Well, gee. Tommy John is a serious surgery, with a very rigid protocol on when each step should be taken. Matt Harvey is to follow this very rigid protocol because this is one time he can’t be different than everyone else. He shouldn’t be such an a@@. And the Mets really ought to know their prized pitcher’s schedule for rehab.

    It’s funny and sad that they no one seems to know WHEN he’s supposed to throw. It makes sense if they said Tuesday in Florida, because that’s where their REHAB FACILITY is!

  8. mogogo1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Headstrong or not, this isn’t a story about Harvey. They let him throw and apparently at least part of the organization agreed Harvey’s schedule was the THE schedule. If they were wrong that’s their fault and not Harvey’s. And if he’s doing something against the schedule, they should discipline him. This says way more about the Mets’ internal dysfunctions than it does Harvey.

  9. mrmetfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Lets see…. Matt Harvey was to throw off the mound tues in Fla but Harvey with the “approval” of some Mets higher ups throws a few days earlier in NY. Big Woop! We are not talking about throwing off the mound 6 months after tj surgery! Lupia, Francessa, Bennigo and the rest of the Harvey haters should just pipe down!

  10. mrmetfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Lets see…. Matt Harvey was to throw off the mound tues in Fla but Harvey with the “approval” of some Mets higher ups throws a few days earlier in NY. Big Woop! We are not talking about throwing off the mound 6 months after tj surgery! Lupica, Francessa, Bennigo and the rest of the Harvey haters should just pipe down!

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