Matt Harvey spoke with the Daily News tonight while attending the New York Rangers’ home opener at Madison Square Garden, and spoke about his decision to have Tommy John surgery (he underwent the procedure six days ago), and where he’s at in his rehab.
As far as what he’s doing right now, Harvey had the following to say:
I am just doing range of motion stuff now, but today was the first day I could take the bandages off and I was at (Hospital for Special Surgery) working and everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule. So the rehab is ahead of schedule.
After first choosing to attempt a rehab and strengthening program, Harvey abandoned those efforts and opted for surgery. Harvey didn’t explain exactly why he made such a quick about face, but noted that the enormity of the decision gave him pause:
Before I decided to go with surgery, I wanted to make sure I was mentally prepared, just fully committed in my decision. My mom was down there during the surgery, the last time I was in the hospital was when I was born. This was definitely a tough decision and I wanted to make sure everything was perfect.
People will likely scoff at the fact that Harvey has deemed himself “ahead of schedule.” However, if a report came out today that Harvey was behind schedule, those same people would probably have a conniption over it.
It’s extremely early – Harvey had surgery less than a week ago. Still, positive news is certainly better than the alternative. If the doctors and Harvey think he’s ahead of schedule, that’s great.
It’s likely that Harvey will miss most, if not all of the 2014 campaign while rehabbing his elbow. However, I refuse to write that Harvey will miss all of 2014. Until the entire 2014 season passes and Harvey isn’t a part of it, there’s always a chance he’ll return.