Matt Harvey will be back on the mound in New York this weekend, but it’s only for a rehab start
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the media on Thursday that Matt Harvey has been making progress, and will be making his first rehab assignment on Saturday with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Harvey threw live batting practice to his teammates earlier in the week, so it seems that he feels fine after, and naturally will continue on with his rehabilitation.
Harvey is recovering from a stress injury to his right shoulder that has forced him to be sidelined since mid-June. The hope is that this will be the last injury Harvey has to deal with this season as he attempts to recover his old form.
Harvey’s struggles on the mound when healthy have also unfortunately been abundant. This season has easily been his worst as a pro. His ERA has skyrocketed to an abysmal 5.25 in just 13 starts. His control has been the biggest worry. Harvey was never a big walk guy, but now he’s been giving up over 4.5 free passes per nine innings.
Even with his struggles, it’s still too early to give up on the 28-year-old Harvey. Everyone hopes that he can finish this year strong, and come back on his final year of arbitration ready to roll. He could definitely turn a solid campaign next season into a big contract, or he could potentially lose out on a lot of money if he fails to do so.
The Mets aren’t the only ones that believe a comeback is possible for Harvey either. The team reportedly fielded calls from various clubs looking to see if the Mets would sell low on Matt and trade him for cheap this deadline. Thankfully, the front office declined, and will look to help him improve as a Met this year.