Pitchers and catchers for the New York Mets report for spring training Feb. 15, and right-hander Matt Harvey plans to be out there with guys like Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell. But Harvey will be doing his own thing, continuing to recover from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, while others prepare for opening day.
Considering that his surgery was in October, Harvey making any contribution to the Mets' 2014 season would be nearly miraculous. Well, here's hoping for a near-miracle, because Harvey says he wants to pitch in September. Interviewed at a banquet in New England on Thursday (he is from Mystic, Conn.), Harvey said his rehab is going well, and he's being very optimistic about what happens next.
"When you see stories of guys coming back in 10 months, I'm going to think, 'Hey, I can come back in nine,' " Harvey said Thursday. "Unfortunately, I don't make those decisions. I can't throw the uniform on and go back on the mound without the permission of higher-ups."
[That] would be actually kind of throwing something but in a training room, which is exciting," said Harvey. "Obviously this has been the longest time I haven't been able to throw anything. At this point, I've switched over from doing my normal five-pound weights to a little bit heavier weight. That's always good as an athlete. You get happy when you see the weight start to creep up. Everything feels great and I'm excited to shoot down to Spring Training."
Optimism is helping to drive Harvey has his rehab continues. Even though it's unlikely the Mets would push it and let him pitch in September — even if he says he's ready — there's no need to smother that fire right now. Hope is a powerful motivator.
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