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Matt Harvey aiming to return to Mets in August

By Danny Abriano

Matt Harvey, who is tentatively set to throw off a mound on June 10 for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October, still wants to return to the Mets in 2014.

May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher

Matt Harvey

(33) looks on before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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."

According to Verducci, when Harvey’s torn UCL was repaired, the tendon that Dr. James Andrews used to fix it (that was taken from Harvey’s wrist) was wrapped around the UCL three times.

Most pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery have a tendon that’s wrapped around the UCL only once or twice. With his repaired ligament, Harvey may be even better equipped than he was prior to his injury.

Harvey says he expects to be the “same kind of pitcher” when he returns, and that he expects to throw “the same way” he has all his life.


As Verducci points out in his article, every Tommy John surgery is different, as is the recovery process for each individual pitcher.

Up to this point, Harvey has advanced as his elbow has allowed him to, and he’s been cleared each step of the way by doctors who are closely monitoring his progress.

Some pitchers (such as Stephen Strasburg) return early from Tommy John surgery and some pitchers don’t.

If Harvey is on track and is cleared to return, there’s no reason for the Mets to stand in his way.