Matt Harvey is the future for the New York Mets and the club will be cautious with their ace as Harvey recovers from Oct. 22 Tommy John surgery, he has hopes of pitching for the Mets this season, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“When you see stories of guys coming back in 10 months, I’m going to think, ‘Hey, I can come back in nine,'” Harvey said Thursday. “Unfortunately, I don’t make those decisions. I can’t throw the uniform on and go back on the mound without the permission of higher-ups.”
The Mets have no desire to risk the future of their 24-year-old pitcher and last year’s National League starter in the All-Star Game and the future of the franchise and stated as much. However, Harvey is hopeful the Mets will find themselves in a pennant push and Harvey can get back on the mound and make a couple starts.
“That’s my personality—I always want to be out there,” he said Thursday. … “I can only push with what I’m doing, not push too hard, but if things come back earlier, it’s a decision the doctors and the higher-ups will have to make.”
The smart decision to is keep Harvey off a mound until spring training in 2015 and of course Harvey wants to pitch, it’s what he does, but the Mets have to be smart and not let their future be jeopardized by a short-sighted decision.
Harvey posted a 2.27 earned run average last year as the lone bright spot for the Mets in 2013.