Mets ace Matt Harvey, who is working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent five months ago, will head to New York with the team when they break camp at the end of the month and continue to rehab while with the team.
The Mets made it known earlier during spring training that they preferred for Harvey to remain in Port St. Lucie while he was rehabbing, but it’s Harvey’s right to choose where he rehabs – due to the language in the collective bargaining agreement.
Adam Rubin, citing a source, notes that the plan for Harvey does not include traveling on road trips with the team (though he wants to), and says that Harvey will head to Port St. Lucie when he reaches the point of throwing off the mound against competition.
The news that Harvey would indeed continue his rehab in New York was first reported by Mike Francesa on WFAN. Afterwards, the Mets acknowledged the report but offered no further comment.
The location of Matt Harvey’s rehab is getting tons of attention, but it really doesn’t matter at all in the grand scheme of things. No matter where Harvey is, he’ll continue to do what he’s been doing.
If Harvey remained in Port St. Lucie, he’d be under the watchful eye of Mets personnel that’s there. If he rehabs in New York as expected, he’ll be doing so under the supervision of the coaches and medical personnel who are with the big league club.