Matt Harvey completed his final mound session of 2014 on Monday from the mound at Citi Field.
During his session, which included Harvey resting between simulated innings and bullpen coach Ricky Bones standing in the batters box but not swinging, Harvey threw all of his pitches except for his slider.
According to Sandy Alderson, Harvey topped out at 95 MPH with his fastball.
Harvey will now be shut down for the winter. He’ll open spring training in February on the same plan the rest of the Mets pitchers will be on.
Harvey had Tommy John surgery last October, meaning his first time throwing to live hitters from a mound will be roughly 16 months post-surgery.
If Matt Harvey had been allowed to go full throttle during his rehab, he likely would’ve made it back to the majors in 2014.
However, with nothing to play for in 2014 and wanting to err on the side of caution, the Mets held Harvey back.
Harvey had spoken of wanting to pitch in a game setting prior to the end of the season simply for peace of mind that he’s “back,” but hopefully the fact that he was sitting at 95 MPH Monday and feels great physically is enough for him to be confident heading into the offseason.
With Harvey on track to re-join the starting rotation in 2015, the Mets could have an unbelievable front four in their rotation of Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. The thought is tantalizing – and may soon be realized.