General manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com the right-hander was hitting 95 mph "pretty consistently" even while throwing at less than 100 percent. Harvey, who has spent all of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery, should be ready to go for the start of next season.
"Everything we were trying to accomplish this season has been accomplished," Alderson said. "From our standpoint, we want to make sure he was physically back to a level that would ensure he wasn't behind in spring training. And then, secondly, he needed to be back to a state mentally where he felt comfortable going into next season and the uncertainty has been eliminated. We feel we're at that point."
Alderson said the Mets plan to limit Harvey's workload in 2015, though they'll want to do some research this offseason before coming up with an exact plan.
Harvey, who was not expected to pitch in games this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, will get his first bullpen session Thursday at the team's spring training complex. He is expected to throw only fastballs through his first three sessions, and the team plans to monitor his velocity to ensure he is not yet throwing at max effort. He will then throw one session with all of his pitches before being shut down for the offseason.
"That is the point we want him to get to and then he will stop," a team source told the Daily News. "However long it takes for him to get there, but he will be done by the end of this month."
Harvey will not face batters or be cleared to throw at full effort until spring training in February, but is expected to progress through a normal spring throwing program with the rest of the pitchers.
Harvey will toss a simulated game. He'll throw an inning, sit for a couple of minutes and then return to the mound. Harvey has missed all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
"Matt gets it and understands it, but the issue with Matt is that everything he does is max effort," Collins said. "So even if you're going to slow down the pace of getting him in a game, he's got to back off on the effort side, too. He's talked about how great he feels, and how well he's throwing. He's got to back off a bit."
The Mets said Tuesday that they will consider slowing down the pitcher's recovery to the point where he won't pitch in a game setting before next spring. Harvey is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery all season. He had hoped to return late in the year, but that may no longer be the case. General manager Sandy Alderson said he doesn't think Harvey will appear in the majors this season. Harvey posted a 2.27 ERA over 178 1/3 innings during his rookie season prior to undergoing surgery.
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