Harvey last pitched in a game on Aug. 24, 2013 against the Tigers. Coincidentally, the Tigers will be Friday's spring training opponent for the Mets.
That said, Harvey isn't looking at his Friday outing as anything more than a tune-up appearance.
''It's March 6, so we can't put too much emphasis on the day other than it being 18-plus months since I've done something like that,'' Harvey said, via the Associated Press. ''It's still a preparation game and still have a lot of time to keep moving forward.''
Included in this group are pitchers
Also signed were catcher Anthony Recker, center fielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, infielder Wilmer Flores, utility player Eric Campbell, outfielder Matt den Dekker, second baseman Dilson Herrera, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and outfielder Cesar Puello.
It appears the
The Mets are targeting the third game on the road, as opposed to the season and home openers, because they don't want Harvey to feel added pressure given the circumstances, particularly if he makes his first start in front of an exhilarated home crowd.
"All that has been discussed,’’ one source said.
“Things can change, but that schedule makes sense,’’ another source said.
Harvey seems fine with whatever the Mets have in store.
“Anything they want to do is good,’’ Harvey said.
"I would be very skeptical of 200 innings," Warthen told Newsday. "I don't think we're going to reach that number, but it would be very close. That's at the high, high end."
The Mets have discussed putting Harvey on a similar track to pitcher Adam Wainwright, who underwent the same procedure before the 2012 season. Wainwright pitched 198 2/3 innings that season.
"I thought that he could have even pitched at the end of last year and I think that Matt thought he was ready," Warthen said. "I think that we made the right decision. It would have done us no good but he was ready to pitch then."
Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, will make his spring debut Friday against the Tigers. He is slated to throw 35-40 pitches.
"That's the best possible time to a little bit longer," Warthen said of a 17 1/2-month timeframe for a return from Tommy John surgery. "And that has to draw into it as well because the guys that have waited for 17 and a half months have been able to go 200 innings and not been hurt the next year and go 200 the next year and the next year and the next year. So that was part of our thinking. And also, we weren't going anywhere. We weren't going to win anything. Don't take a chance."
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