After complaining of forearm tenderness in August 2013, Harvey (9-4, 2.25 ERA) was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.
However, rather than undergoing the knife, Harvey initially chose to avoid the serious procedure and endure extensive rehabilitation.
Anne Vyalitsyna’s former banging partner was even readying to compete in the Arizona Fall League.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Harvey continued to consult with physicians and finally realized his bummed ligament could snap at any moment.
Harvey ultimately had Tommy John surgery on October 22 and should be shelved for the 2014 campaign.
“Any progress you’re making, and obviously right now it’s being able to move back and throw from a greater distance, is a step in the right direction,” said Harvey, 25, who was previously tossing from 90 feet.
“[Friday] was good for me. Everything feels great. I’m just excited to keep moving forward. The ball’s coming out real easy right now. Obviously, everybody knows if I could start throwing right now, I probably would and be out in a game. But there’s a process. Although it’s slow and tedious, it’s healthy and obviously going in the right direction. We have June 10 penciled in.”
Consistently hitting 96 mph on the radar and having whiffed 187 batters over 171.2 frames, a healthy Harvey is a legitimate ace who gave fans a reason to venture to scenic Flushing every fifth day.
New York suffered an absolutely brutal setback last summer that’s destined to long doom their organization.
Even when “The Dark Knight of Gotham” resurfaces, Harvey will be placed on a strict innings limit and coddled like a Little Leaguer.
Despite all the drawbacks and gloom, Harvey was wise to have reconstructive work done.
New York is 16-18 and battling the Philadelphia Phillies for futility in the National League East.
Plus, Mets batters can’t hit a ball the size of Elaine Benes’ head.
Hence, considering New York’s fielding another middling squad, Harvey’s “slow and tedious” rehab should remain “slow and tedious.”
Matt Harvey is “going in the right direction” and that bodes well for the 2015 Mets.by