Matt Harvey and the New York Mets do not necessarily agree on the time table for his return to the big league rotation.
As he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has consistently held out hope that he could still pitch for the Mets during the 2014 season, even hinting that he believes the team could make the playoffs to give him that chance.
From the team’s perspective, however, there is no reason to rush one of their prized players back during a season that most likely won’t mean anything. General manager Sandy Alderson has held steady on the company line that Harvey simply will not return until the 2015 season.
One thing these two sides can agree on, however, is that Harvey made valuable progress this week by throwing a bullpen session. It is a welcome sight for the Mets and for any baseball fan to see Harvey throwing again, even appearing to cut it loose a bit on a couple pitches.
The Mets’ ace has already shown dominance in his short career, starting the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. If he is ready to go next season, he could return to the top of a Mets’ rotation that might be poised to do damage in the National League East in 2015 and beyond.
Check out video of bits and pieces of Harvey’s bullpen session: