Good news this weekend out of Mets camp …
According to beat writer Tim Rohan of the New York Times, rehabbing right-hander Matt Harvey threw a baseball Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last October. The workout consisted of 20 light throws from 60 feet. Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello was Harvey’s throwing partner and a number of players, coaches, and executives observed.
“I felt very good,” Harvey told reporters shortly after completing the throwing session. “Kind of surprised, actually. Going into it, I didn’t really know what to expect. … I feel brand-new.”
Harvey will miss the entire 2014 season but should be in great shape for the start of the 2015 campaign.
The 24-year-old boasts a 2.39 ERA, 0.985 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 through his first 237 2/3 major league innings.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.