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Matt Harvey cleared to begin throwing

Feb 20, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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According to Anthony DiComo of, doctors have given Mets right-hander Matt Harvey the go-ahead to throw for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said that Harvey expects to begin throwing in a few days. The 24-year-old will start out on flat ground before working his way back to the mound and eventually to game action.

Not surprisingly, Harvey is holding out hope for a late-season return, but the Mets don’t see that as a realistic possibility given that he had the surgery in late October last year. However, he should be ready to go for the start of 2015 if he can avoid setbacks.

  1. chill1184 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Take it slow Harvey, no rush

  2. aceshigh11 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    He’s also been cleared to begin advertising Qualcomm.

    That’ll never get old.

  3. thedoubleentandres - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    As an Irishman who’s only got into baseball in the last couple years and adopted the mets as my team can I expect to see this team make a deep post season run anytime soon??
    Although Harveys out for the year there seems to be the nucleus of a really good roster here with Granderson, Wright, Murphy, Davis, Colon and Wheeler.
    Is it the bullpen that makes them so lackluster?

    • eman79 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      As a 33 year old, life long Mets fan, I can tell you be prepared to have lots of suffering in your baseball life.Everything from injuries to late season collapses to drugs, they always find a way to screw with there fans. Finally they do have a core players and a great farm system, but its there owners, not there players that make them so lackluster.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Part of what can throw you off is they do a great job of selling the fan base on things like Davis, Murphy, Granderson, and Colon being part of a great core. Davis has been a pretty miserable player who had a few streaks of solid play, and Murphy is a man without a position, and without enough power to make it worth finding him one. Granderson appears to be past his prime, though may provide some value, and Colon is coming off a few great years, but he’s 40 years old, and there’s not likely to be a whole lot left in the tank.

      Don’t get me wrong, any of them (or even all of them) can be part of a successful team, but they can’t be your core. Wright, sure. He’s tremendous. The young pitchers are certainly something to build around. And if Lagares can get his bat up to an acceptable level, he’s a great piece given his tremendous defense.

      But the biggest problem for Mets fans is buying into the preseason hype, and then being disappointed when the team is just OK, but they had you believing they were a lock for the playoffs. Appropriate expectations are the key. This should be a fun season to watch, though, with the appropriate expectations. It’s all about finding out which young guys are going to be part of the team going forward, and how guys like D’Arnaud, Lagares, and Wheeler are going to do now that they have a little experience and a whole season to play.

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