Despite all the mini-controversies and hand-wringing, Mets ace Matt Harvey's recovery from October 2013 Tommy John surgery continues to go well. As Anthony DiComo tweets, Harvey was able to throw from 120 feet on flat ground on Friday, and that puts him in line to pitch from a mound on June 10. Obviously, that's a month away, and setbacks are still possible. That said, this suggests that Harvey could hit those "best-case scenario" estimates for his return to the Mets.
Harvey has on a couple of occasions expressed his strong desire to pitch in 2014, but it remains to be seen whether the Mets permit such an advanced time-table in what's likely going to be a season of non-contention.
This past season, Harvey pitched to a 2.27 ERA, 157 ERA+ and 6.16 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings of work. He was in the NL Cy Young mix until the elbow injury of note shut him down in late August. Across parts of two major-league seasons, Harvey owns a 152 ERA+ and has struck out 261 batters in 237 2/3 innings.