The rehab of New York Mets' starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner is continuing to progress. Both pitchers underwent Tommy John surgery last year and are expected to miss most, or all (in Harvey's case) of the 2014 season. Rehab from these injuries can be complicated and it is important for both players to proceed carefully to avoid setbacks or re-injury. The two pitchers are set to take a big step next week.
Harvey and Hefner are scheduled to throw off a mound next week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Harvey is tentatively scheduled to throw off a mound on Monday, while Hefner is slated for Tuesday. Hefner is right on schedule for his rehab calendar, after having the procedure performed last August. Harvey is currently ahead of schedule after having his surgery performed in October.
If the pitchers are able to successfully throw off a mound without setbacks for a few weeks, the next step would be a minor league rehab assignment. If Harvey and Hefner start throwing off the mound next week and don't have a problem, the earliest a rehab assignment would begin would be July. Both pitchers would likely spend a full month making rehab starts to build up arm strength before they re-join the major league roster.
We certainly expect to see Hefner this year, but Harvey's return at the same time would be a near historic recovery time. Harvey only had the surgery in October of 2013 after trying to rest and rehab to prevent surgery. If Harvey is on a major league mound in August, that would be only 10 months after the procedure. General Manager Sandy Alderson has yet to indicate what kind of timetable the organization has for its two pitchers. Getting either one of them back would be a nice boost for the staff at the end of the year, particularly with younger pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler facing innings limits. The Mets have to be sure that they are both ready to go and aren't pushing too fast, particularly in Harvey's case, to avoid re-injury. Several pitchers have had to undergo Tommy John surgery for a second time this season, and the Mets don't want to have that happen for Harvey.Tags: Baseball, Jeremy Hefner, Matt Harvey, Mike Puma, MLB, New York, New York Mets