Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is about eight months out from Tommy John surgery right now, so his throwing program is well underway. He was originally scheduled to throw off a mound on Tuesday, but the team has pushed that back according to Kristie Ackert at New York Daily News.
"He's fine,. It's nothing physical, it's just a plan to be more cautious," said a team source to Ackert. "If something happens to him, that would just be a huge blow,. We just want him to take it a little slower. Nobody wants him to be less competitive, we just want to be cautious."
Harvey, 25, had his surgery last October and has made it no secret that he wants to pitch in games late this year. That would be a very aggressive rehab and, after consulting with Dr. James Andrews, the club has decided to slow things down with an eye towards Opening Day 2015.
Given the recent rash of Tommy John surgery -- including all the guys having a second Tommy John surgery -- and the talk of the rehab process getting too aggressive, the Mets are absolutely right to slow Harvey down. He is the future of the franchise and they have to protect him. Harvey won't be happy, but that's life. He's the employee, not the employer.
Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a 191/31 K/BB in 178 1/3 innings last season before getting hurt. The Mets come into Friday with a 28-32 record, good for fourth place in the NL West.