Trying to learn from what happened with another pitcher in the organization, the Mets wondered about waiting to have Harvey on a big league mound until next year’s spring training. There appears to be one problem, however: Harvey didn’t get the memo.
Just one day after the Mets said they want to slow things down, Harvey says that he is still full speed ahead. As passed along by Danny Knobler of ESPN:
“I threw a bullpen today and I didn’t miss a spot,” Harvey said Wednesday evening during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7. “I felt like I was easily throwing into the low to mid 90s [mph], with pretty much no effort.
“I know there’s a process, but as a competitor I want to get out there as soon as possible.”
It does not necessarily mean too much for the two sides to have a disconnect in their plans at this point, but as Harvey’s return date approaches it might be preferable for them to get their stories straight. As it is, the Mets might not be super excited about Harvey reaching back and ripping off 90 mph fastballs the day after they said they might slow things down.
Harvey threw 178.1 innings in 2013, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 mark. Many people are anxious for his return, the pitcher included. It will be up to the Mets to exercise the kind of patience, and impose that patience on Harvey, so that he is fully ready to go when he does come back.