The Mets want Matt Harvey to slow down. The injured ace will not throw off a mound Tuesday as originally planned, two team sources told the Daily News Thursday night. 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. Harvey has been open about wanting to be back pitching in a major-league game by the end of this season. The Mets, who have said that is not their priority, are focused on getting him back for Opening Day 2015. With the goal of pitching as soon as August and getting five to seven major-league starts in 2014, Harvey calculated that he needed to be on a mound by June 10. While the Mets have not completely ruled out Harvey pitching in 2014, it is not something they are planning on at the moment, according to the team sources.
Matt Harvey to slow down rehab, not take mound yet, says sources
New York Daily News | Jun 6