Mets say Matt Harvey’s recovery is on schedule
The Dark Knight is getting ready for his comeback.
After a somewhat disappointing 2016 campaign, RHP Matt Harvey will be looking to bounce back to his old 2015 self next season. Coming off surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July, Harvey’s condition for spring training has definitely been a concern for Mets fans, but thankfully, it looks like it’s all going as smoothly as possible.
During Monday night’s episode of SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, former GM Jim Duquette said that the right-hander is “doing great” and is “throwing the ball well.” While Harvey is not yet throwing off the mound, he’s still on schedule with his recovery, and for his throwing program this offseason that doctors have set for him.
"“He’s on schedule and will be ready to go when they get to spring training, which is all positive news so far,” said Duquette citing Harvey’s agent and top MLB villain, Scott Boras."
Harvey being available and ready for spring training is about as great a sign as we can expect for now, and it should help ease some of the worries we’ve been having over the last few months.
According to SNY’s Nelson Figueroa, one of the reasons Harvey struggled last season was due to loss of sensation in his fingers on his throwing hand. As you can probably imagine, that made it pretty hard to grip and throw his slider and change up effectively. Harvey shared with Figueroa how that frustration of not being able to get the job done and not feel 100% healthy likely showed its ugly head when on the mound and when talking to the media after games.
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The surgery should have addressed those issues, so it’s very possible we could see the old Harvey slider and change up that got him to The Show.