New York Mets News

Nothing wrong, but Mets want Matt Harvey to slow rehab

By Danny Abriano

Matt Harvey was supposed to throw off a mound this coming Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. According to a report, that won’t be happening.

May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) between innings of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Mets defeated the Yankees 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In the Daily News, Kristie Ackert writes that there’s nothing physically wrong with Harvey and nothing in particular that is prompting the Mets to want to slow Harvey’s rehab down. They simply want to be extra cautious:

"After consultations between the Mets team doctor and renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the Tommy John surgery on Harvey, the plan is for the righthander to ease up a bit.‘He’s fine,’ a team source said. ‘It’s nothing physical, it’s just a plan to be more cautious.’The Mets are reluctant to have the uber-competitive pitcher come back too soon and are concerned about the recent rash of pitchers who have required a second Tommy John surgery.‘He will just go a little slower,’ pitching coach Dan Warthen said."


It’s understandable that the Mets are concerned about Matt Harvey moving too quickly during the rehab process, but there seems to be a disconnect here.

Harvey was cleared by doctors and others overseeing his rehab to throw off a mound this coming Monday. A few days before that scheduled mound session, those same doctors – along with Mets decision makers – apparently decided Harvey should slow down.

It seems that it would’ve just been easier to not give Harvey clearance in the first place.

As has been noted numerous times, Harvey should be going as fast as his rehab allows. Slowing him down for the sake of it doesn’t make much sense, but it appears to be what’s happening.