Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Mets star Matt Harvey won’t throw off a mound on Tuesday.
Although the flamethrower hasn’t endured a setback, the Mets are wisely being “cautious” with the 25-year-old Harvey (9-4, 2.25 ERA).
“He’s fine,” a team source told Ackert. “It’s nothing physical; it’s just a plan to be more cautious.”
After complaining of forearm tenderness in August 2013, Harvey 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.
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 letdown last summer that’s destined to long doom their organization.
Even when “The Dark Knight of Gotham” resurfaces, Harvey will be placed on a stern innings limit and coddled like a Little Leaguer.
Still, despite all the drawbacks and gloom, Harvey was smart to have reconstructive work done.
New York is 28-32 and battling the Philadelphia Phillies for futility in the National League East.
Mets batters can’t hit a ball the size of Elaine Benes’ head and Harvey’s outings would have been wasted anyway.
Hence, considering New York’s fielding another middling squad, New York should “be more cautious.”
Matt Harvey and the New York Mets need to strictly focus on 2015.by