New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball, the ace told ESPNNewYork.com. He met with team doctor David Altchek at the Mets' spring-training complex Wednesday before the decision was made. Harvey, 24, is uncertain which day he will begin a throwing program, but it will be in the next few days. He underwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22 and had been hopeful of beginning to toss a baseball near the four-month anniversary. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure. "[Altchek] said everything was fine and basically that I can start throwing," Harvey said. "So I don't know exactly which date that is, but in the next couple of days. That was obviously good news for me. "Since it is four months out, the process is going to be slow. I have to not push things. He just wanted to make sure I knew that and I was clear with that. Obviously we're not going to push things early. But, for me, being able to wear my glove and pick up a ball again is a good sign." Harvey planned to go through parts of Thursday's outdoor workout with fellow pitchers and catchers for the first time this spring training, after remaining confined to the clubhouse in the early days of camp.
Matt Harvey cleared to toss ball
ESPN New York | Feb 20