New York Mets flamethrower Matt Harvey expects to begin playing catch on February 22 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
After complaining of forearm tenderness in August, 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.
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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 is expected to be shelved until the start of the 2015 season.
“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that’s Feb. 22,” Harvey, 24, told the New York Post. “And I haven’t had any setbacks. I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As of right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
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.
Matt Harvey needed a rebuilt arm and Dr. James Andrews hopefully managed to give him one.by