The New York Mets entered the 2014 season down a pair of starting pitchers. Both Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013, knocking them out for a significant portion of the 2014 season. While the Mets aren't counting on Harvey at all this season, there is an outside chance that Hefner could return to the major leagues by the end of the season.
Hefner is throwing from 120 feet, just like Harvey, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. If all goes well, Hefner is expected to throw off a mound in 2-3 weeks, and could end up going on a rehab assignment by the end of June. Hefner, who had his surgery two months before Harvey had his, is aiming to make a return to the major leagues by September. Hefner told Rubin,
"That's my goal. That's my hope. Hopefully I can come and contribute if there's a need."
Hefner appears more likely to return in 2014 then Harvey, but you can't rule out a cameo from Harvey just yet. Harvey met up with the Mets in Florida this week, where he was throwing from 120 feet himself in the outfield before Monday's game. Harvey has made it his goal to appear in the majors in September, but the Mets have been very cautious with him.
In the end, it looks like the Mets are far more likely to get a contribution from Hefner than Harvey. Both should be ready to go for the Mets in 2015, however, giving the Mets even more pitching depth than they know what to do with. We will keep you up to date on the progress of both Harvey and Hefner throughout the season here at Mets 101.Tags: Baseball, Jeremy Hefner, Matt Harvey, MLB, New York, New York Mets