UPDATE, 1:37 PM:
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has confirmed that Matt Harvey has been cleared to throw, and that he’ll begin doing so within the next couple of days.
Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcherMatt Harvey
(33) looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
"Harvey, 24, is uncertain which day he will begin a throwing program, but it will be in the next few days…Harvey planned to go through parts of Thursday’s outdoor workout with fellow pitchers and catchers for the first time this spring training, after remaining confined to the clubhouse in the early days of camp. Teammate Jeremy Hefner — who underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, nearly two full months before Harvey — began his throwing program Monday."
No two surgeries or recoveries are identical, but it’s noteworthy that Matt Harvey is slated to begin his throwing program just days after Jeremy Hefner.
Hefner had Tommy John surgery roughly two months before Harvey, but is at basically the same stage in his recovery. Perhaps Hefner is taking things methodically on purpose. If he isn’t, this may be a case of Harvey being ahead of schedule.
Hefner is expected to be able to return to the majors in late August or early September. If Harvey is at basically the same point in his recovery, I’m not sure why so many are obsessed with writing off his entire 2014 campaign.