Matt Harvey has been progressing rapidly through his rehab from Tommy John surgery this season. It appears he was moving too quickly for the New York Mets' liking. GM Sandy Alderson addressed Harvey's rehab when he spoke to reporters earlier this week, and he confirmed what the team has been promoting the whole season. Alderson indicated the team will not let Harvey pitch at the major league level until at least 11 months pass from the date of his surgery, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
Alderson's announcement comes less than a week after Harvey was initially scheduled to throw off a mound. Alderson clarified that while Harvey was actually scheduled to throw off a slope, the team's medical staff advised slowing his rehab process down as a precautionary measure. Harvey, who has hoped to pitch in 5-7 starts for the Mets this season, instead won't be allowed to pitch in a major league game until he is at least 11 months removed from his surgery. Given that Harvey had his surgery on October 22nd of 2013, that leaves a six game window at the end of the regular season for Harvey to pitch.
Alderson went on to say that the Mets may allow Harvey to pitch in their fall instructional league if he wants to get back into the habit of pitching. When asked for comment, Harvey indicated he hadn't received official reasoning from the team for the change, but he understood the rationale behind it. Harvey clearly wants to be back with the team as a competitor, but he appears to be coming to terms with the fact that it makes more sense for him long term to sit out this season.
While the Mets need to communicate with Harvey better about his rehab plan, this is a good precaution to take. Harvey is a very valuable part of the team's plans for the next five years, and the Mets would like to have him on the mound for Opening Day in 2015 without any elbow worries. While it may be frustrating for Harvey now, he will likely be thankful in the long run that he didn't rush back to a losing team and risk re-injury.Tags: Baseball, Matt Harvey, MLB, New York, New York Mets