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
Over the last few months, Harvey has ramped up his activity, advancing further and further back on flat ground as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired right elbow.
Ordinarily, the recovery time (surgery to active major league duty) for Tommy John surgery is roughly a year, but there have been a number of pitchers – including Stephen Strasburg – who have returned in less than 12 months. Harvey is hoping to be the next.
Since spring training, Harvey has maintained that it’s his desire to pitch in the majors in 2014, but only if the natural speed of his recovery allows it. Harvey recently said that he would like to return in August, and make five to seven starts in order to erase any potential lingering doubts for 2015.
While Matt Harvey has been outspoken about his desire to return in 2014, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been less enthusiastic.
Still, if Harvey is advancing as he should, cleared each step of the way by the doctors, he should return as soon as he is ready – whether it’s this season or next.