Harvey told Tom Verducci of Sports Illustarted that when he returns, he’ll pitch at a heavier weight (240 pounds as opposed to 220) since he feels better and has no body soreness after throwing now that he’s less lean.
Additionally, Harvey said that he will no longer throw “intense” bullpen sessions between starts. He told Verducci he used to throw bullpen sessions as if they were real games.
While speaking with Verducci, Harvey also said the following:
Of course, I won’t do it unless I’m cleared to do it, but I want to pitch before the year ends. I want to make five, six, seven starts this year. I asked [the training staff], ‘If I want to come back in August, when do I need to start throwing off a mound?’ They said June 10. So that’s what we have penciled in right now. That’s the plan.
I feel great. I don’t feel any soreness now. The ball is coming out of my hand great.
I just want the peace of mind. I want to go back out there and know I still have the stuff to strike out major league hitters. And I want to know that when I shut it down at the end of the year, I’m just like everybody else shutting it down. I don’t want to go through all this work and wonder all winter where I am. I want to be just like everybody else when this season ends and the next one starts.