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New York Mets Must Be Cautious With Matt Harvey’s Next Phase of Rehab

Matt Harvey

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Earlier today, there was a report that New York Mets ace Matt Harvey would be taking the mound at some point next week in his next step of rehabilitation. For those who don’t know, Harvey was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow on Aug. 26, 2013. He finally went under the knife and received the dreaded Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22.

The latest news that he has been cleared to throw off a mound does not come as a shock to me. He is eight months removed from the surgery and this is about the time when pitchers typically are cleared to get back to throwing from a mound. What concerns me is, like any injury, there can be setbacks and that is the last thing the Mets need when it comes to Harvey’s injury.

Harvey is a competitor and brings it 120 percent every time he takes the mound. I just don’t want him rushing the process because he wants to contribute to this team in the near future. The worst thing he could possibly do is rush to come back because that is how he can further injure himself. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has reiterated the fact that we won’t be seeing Harvey at all in 2015 which is totally the right move.

Once Harvey gets on that mound next week, you better believe he is going to be bringing it, but he needs to be careful and know his limits. If he pushes himself too much, there is a chance of a setback. Harvey has his whole career ahead of him, whether he likes it or not, he needs to realize that he must take his time coming back from this injury. He is essentially the main piece to the puzzle and neither the Mets nor Harvey can afford something of magnitude to happen again.

We shall see how the next step of his rehab goes, but I sure hope that he paces himself. This road to recovery is not a race, it is more like a marathon, and Harvey must understand that. No one said this comeback was going to be easy, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Robert DeVita is a New York Mets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertDeVita24, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google