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Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets' Matt Harvey cleared to begin throwing

He started the All-Star game and projected to be the future of the New York Mets.

He still might be the future of the franchise, but Tommy John surgery at the end of the season certainly took some of the wind out of the sails of the 2014 Mets. Now, Matt Harvey has a long road ahead of him for recovery, and he knows that he can’t be the one who makes those decisions.

Anthony DiComo, the Mets’ writer for MLB.com, says that the soon-to-be-25 year old has been cleared to begin throwing off of flat ground. He has along way to go, however, until he reaches a pitching mound.

Once Harvey begins throwing off flat ground, he will gradually increase the distance until he is ready to pitch off a mound. He will then increase the intensity of those sessions until he is ready to pitch in games.

Harvey wants to be a contributor to the club when rosters expand in September, but those expectations are unrealistic, as the typical recovery period for Tommy John surgery patients is 12-14 months, and Harvey had the procedure in late October.

Matt Harvey’s breakout 2013 resulted in a 9-5 record over 26 starts with a 2.27 ERA, one complete game shutout, 191 strikeouts, and a 6.16 K/BB ratio that saw him finish fourth in the National League Cy Young vote.

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