NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Think he’s itching to get back?
Mets ace Matt Harvey is already fed up with rehab. He’s not planning on doing anything radical to try to defy conventional wisdom on how long his recovery from Tommy John surgery should take, but he is planning to get out on a mound soon.
“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that’s Feb. 22,” Harvey recently told the NY Post. “And I haven’t had any setbacks. I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As of right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
The 24-year-old right-hander appeared on WFAN host Mike Francesa’s show at Mohegan Sun on Friday evening, saying it took him a while to accept the fact that surgery was his best option.
“It was tough. I never thought it would happen. As a pitcher, you don’t want it to happen. I wasn’t having the same symptoms that you hear other guys have, no sharp soothing pains. My forearm was a little tight,” Harvey told Francesa. “It was a tough process to come to grips with, but after waking up enough times worrying if today is the day or tomorrow is the day to have surgery, I had just had enough.”