Whether you like it or not, the New York Mets have to be cautious when it comes to the rehab of ace pitcher Matt Harvey. I don’t blame them for asking him to tone it down because, quite frankly, this guy is their most important player. They cannot afford him to suffer a setback just like Jeremy Hefner did in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It looks like Hefner might go under the knife for a second surgery to repair his right elbow, and the Mets do not want the same to happen to Harvey.
Harvey is a bulldog; no one is questioning the type of competitor he is, and we all know that if it was up to him, he would be back pitching this season. However, that honestly would not be what’s best for the future of this ball club. Just because he feels fine after a couple of bullpen sessions doesn’t mean he has to turn it up to the next level; that is what could possibly set him back.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the he was going to “put his head through the wall” after he learned that Harvey threw off the mound early on Tuesday. I don’t blame him for feeling that way; the team tells him one thing, and that was to take it easy for a while, and Harvey does the exact opposite of that. I understand that pitchers need to throw in order to get back in action, but he has plenty of time to work his way back.
I feel like he is trying to rush his way back in hopes of actually pitching sometime this season, which would be just flat out stupid. I don’t want to see Harvey pitching in a game until spring training. He needs to take his foot off the gas and chill out a bit. He needs to realize just how important he is to the team. If he was to get injured again, it would just set the Mets back another year.
Look what happened this year — with Harvey not in the picture, I feel as if the Mets’ offseason plans changed prior to the 2014 season. If he were here pitching, who knows, maybe they would have made a splash via trade or free agency. All I’m saying is that Harvey, in a nutshell, is the face of the Mets, along with David Wright. He is not only their best pitcher, but one of the premier pitchers in MLB.
When Harvey eventually makes his return to the Mets, we all know he is going to bring it full throttle. Until then, he needs to take it slowly through his rehab process. I know he is feeling good right now, but you never know when dealing with an injury of this caliber. Things could look great one moment and turn into a disaster the next, and the Mets sure wouldn’t want that to happen.