WAPPINGER FALLS — Matt Harvey took the first step back to returning to the Mets on Saturday, but he still has copiousness of work to do.
The right-hander threw 18 pitches — 11 balls and 7 strikes — permitting one walk, a hit and a run in just one inning of work in his rehab start with the Brooklyn Cyclones against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess County Stadium.
It was Harvey’s first time on the pile given he was close down on Jun 16 with tenderness in his arm, stemming from the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome medicine he had last year.
“It was good,” Harvey said. “Obviously a little rusty but we consider that was kind of approaching from me going in. we haven’t faced any hitters for two months now, but all feels great. The arm feels great, which is what the idea was to come up here.”
Harvey threw mostly fastballs, with his quickness reportedly reaching 93 miles per hour, but the right-hander struggled with his authority from the very beginning, walking the first beat on 4 true pitches.
“You get a diversion conditions and you’re kind of going off bullpens and … it’s a totally opposite aspect of the game,” Harvey said. “This is the first rehab start I’ve ever done. I’m just trying to figure out how to go about your business getting work finished and getting your arm where you need to be and focusing on getting your stroke and timing back.”
Harvey is scheduled to meet with the group in Philadelphia on Sunday, where he pronounced he will find out the next step.
Pitching manager Dan Warthen told the Daily News on Saturday that he will likely representation a side event in 3 days.
Harvey, who was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA before alighting on the infirm list, will likely need mixed starts before returning to the majors.
“It’s tough to go out there for one inning and know you have one inning to chuck and really work on everything,” he said. “But we consider that’s sparkling for the next time out and kind of widen things out and combine on that.”
While the Mets have depressed out of the playoff picture, it’s still critical for the group to get the 28-year-old pitcher healthy.
He last done 20 starts in a deteriorate in 2015, and if the group plans to contend next year they will need a healthy and effective Harvey.
“I don’t wish to get back unless I’m prepared to contest and give the group innings and get back and be healthy,” Harvey said. “It’s a routine and we wish to get back as discerning as we presumably can.”
Despite the hurdles he faces on the highway back, just the fact that he is pitching again this deteriorate is a win, Warthen pronounced before Harvey took the pile for the Cyclones.
“It’s a big step. A good one,” Warthen said.
“Just getting back out there on the pile is a success for him tonight.”
With Kristie Ackert
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