One year ago, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey might just have been the best pitcher in baseball.
Earlier this season, Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez could have said the same thing.
Both are out with elbow injuries that forced Tommy John surgery, part of an enormous group of pitchers currently missing time for the same thing.
While it has meant a lot more business for Dr. James Andrews, the expert and best doctor in the world for such injuries, it's also meant a lot of concern from teams. That concern has led the Mets to slow down Harvey's recovery process.
He was originally scheduled to throw off a mound on Tuesday, After consulting with Andrews and team doctors, that won's happen now according to the New York Daily News.
“He’s fine,” a team source told the Daily News. “It’s nothing physical, it’s just a plan to be more cautious.”
How good was Harvey before the injury?Well, the now 25-year-old was 9-5 but held a ridiculous 2.27 ERA and a WHIP of 0.93 with 191 strikeouts in just more than 178 innings pitched.Harvey was hoping to come back and be able to pitch this season, Now, it appears that won't be the case.
Harvey had said he needed to be on a mound in early June to get back for five or more August starts. But the team might just wait for 2015 to see their ace return.“If something happens to him, that would just be a huge blow,” a source told the Daily News.
“We just want him to take it a little slower. Nobody wants him to be less competitive, we just want to be cautious.” Meanwhile, he continues his rehab in Port St. Lucie at the team's spring training complex, just taking it a bit slower than he had planned.
"Obviously, I want to do what's best for the organization and best for the rehab, and I think at that point it's going to be a discussion of where the best place is at certain times to do things," Harvey told MLB.com in March.
"I don't want to be in New York for a story. I don't want to be around [the media] all the time. I want to be there to support the team, be there to learn. And the story is the 25 guys that suit up every day to play."But that's just Harvey trying to be humble. He is the story for the Mets. He's one of if not the best player on the team, and when he returns will continue to be a huge story for the 28-32 Mets.The sooner he returns, the sooner the team can hope that its fortunes turn around.
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