Matt Harvey took a very important step forward in his rehab yesterday. Harvey threw 20 pitches off a mound in Port St. Lucie yesterday, and it went very well. Harvey went on to declare the session a success, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Harvey described his arm by saying "It felt great".
This is not the first time that Harvey has thrown off a mound since the October 22nd, 2013 surgery. Harvey threw from the bullpen mound at Citi Field on Friday, but this session wasn't considered the first real mound session for him. Harvey's rehab should now transition to Port St. Lucie for the remainder of the season as he works towards getting back to full strength before spring training next year.
Harvey still wants to pitch in a game this year to get the nerves of pitching in live action out of the way. While a stint with the Mets appears unlikely, General Manager Sandy Alderson has suggested Harvey could pitch in the Fall Instructional League in Florida. That league takes place from late September through early October, right around the time Harvey would be getting ready to pitch in a big league game.
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