Harvey will head to his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Newport Beach, Calif., during the All-Star break for an unofficial checkup on his recovery. Boras said on Friday he believes the recovery timetable for Tommy John surgery is 14-16 months, and it appears Harvey is beginning to buy into the Mets' conservative approach to his recovery.
"That [time period] puts me to, what, December?” said Harvey, who added the process has been "very slowly slowing down a lot."
"I'd say sometime in July would be realistic for [throwing off a mound]," Harvey said. The team has been cautious to push him following Tommy John surgery, but it looks like he'll be able to take the next step soon. While Harvey has pushed to return this season, it doesn't appear the team wants him back until 2015.
Harvey continues to throw off flat ground, but he's waiting on the team to tell him he can begin working from the mound. Harvey was expected to start throwing off a Monday last week, but the powers that be put a stop to that. The club has been careful not to rush the young pitcher.
Harvey is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Though it was always a bit of a longshot,
"I think it's always been there," Harvey told MLB.com Tuesday, when asked about the possibility of missing the entire season. "I think it was a matter of me not wanting it to happen. I still want to pitch this year. That's always going to be on my mind. But coming to realize that I can't write myself in the lineup is becoming a little bit more realistic."
Harvey met with the coaching and training staff Tuesday, and was told he will not be cleared to return to game action within the first 11 months following his surgery. Since he went under the knife in October of last season, that pretty much assures that his return will not come until 2015.
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