Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Harvey won’t be pitching. Rather, he wants to rehab his injury while in New York instead of staying back in Port St. Lucie. Said Harvey:
"I want to stay with the team. I want to do all of my stuff up there. That’s where I’ve been doing it all offseason. If I had that opportunity and I could stay with the team, that’s where I would like to be."
It’s understandable that Harvey would like to stay with the team and continue to recover in New York. However, Ken Davidoff of the Post thinks it’s highly unlikely the club will make an exception. Meaning, Harvey will spend his rehab in Florida. Writes Davidoff:
"Harvey won’t be the exception to the rule when he sits down and talks this out with the Mets’ brain trust this spring. In addition to the practical reasons behind this, there’s some symbolism, too: Harvey needs to be out of sight and out of mind for this Mets campaign. His long-range future is too important to this franchise to be integrated with the fortunes of the current Mets…by the time the Mets break camp in six weeks, however, Harvey should be either throwing or close to doing so. At that point, it would be silly for him to set up shop in New York."
I’d imagine Harvey staying in Florida (if he does as expected) would be more procedure than symbolism.
Even if Harvey is rehabbing in Florida, there will still be fan and media interest in his recovery. Being in New York with the club would make that interest a bit more intensified, but the interest won’t go away simply because Harvey isn’t present in the dugout.
As Davidoff points out, though, it makes more sense for Harvey to be in Port St. Lucie rehabbing than it does to be in New York. That’s really all that matters.