Apr 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey looks on during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Harvey has maintained ever since having surgery that he wants to return in August or September of this season, and his next major step would be throwing from the mound, which he expects to do at some point in June.
Harvey is almost a full two months ahead of teammate Jeremy Hefner in his recovery. Hefner had Tommy John surgery on August 28, and is still long-tossing at 90 feet.
While many think that Harvey should simply wait until 2015 to return, that line of thinking doesn’t make much sense. When Harvey is ready – whenever that is – he should return.
There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Harvey is rushing his recovery. Everything he does is cleared by doctors, which means that the progress he’s made has been natural.
Some pitchers are able to return from Tommy John surgery in less than a year, and it appears that Matt Harvey may be the next pitcher to do so.