Report: Mets' Matt Harvey cleared to throw from mound next week

Matt Harvey is ready to take the next step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. (USATSI)
Matt Harvey is ready to take the next step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. (USATSI)

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Mets ace Matt Harvey continues to have a smooth recovery after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October of last year. As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes, Harvey is slated to throw from a mound next week for the first time since the operation. 

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.

As Rubin writes, there's almost no chance that Harvey -- contrary to the 25-year-old right-hander's stated wishes -- will pitch this season, but the Mets have to like where he's at when it comes to his contributing meaningfully in 2015. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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