Mets ace Matt Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery in late October of last year, has reached a milestone in his recovery. As MLB.com's Anthony DiComo writes, Harvey on Wednesday was cleared to begin a throwing program. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen tells DiComo that Harvey should throw for the first time since surgery within the next days.
Harvey, age 24, enjoyed a standout 2013 season: 178 1/3 IP, 2.27 ERA, 157 ERA+, 0.93 WHIP and 6.16 K/BB ratio. For his efforts, he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting and made the All-Star team. Harvey was similarly impressive across 59 1/3 innings in his rookie season of 2012. Provided he fully recovers, Harvey profiles as a future frontline ace for the Mets.
Earlier this offseason, Harvey said he hopes to return to the active roster in September, but it's hard to imagine that the Mets would permit such an accelerated time-table. With that said, so far so good for the gifted right-hander.