Matt Harvey to be shut down soon, will have a normal off-season

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Injured Mets starter Matt Harvey has been pitching some bullpens, but those will soon come to an end and the right-hander will begin a typical off-season according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery last October and will target a return for the start of the 2015 season.

As long as there are no setbacks, Harvey will face live hitters for the first time when the Mets report to spring training in February. Pitching coach Dan Warthen seems optimistic about Harvey, saying, “The way he’s throwing right now, I think he’s a pretty happy man.”

Harvey made the National League All-Star team in 2013 and finished fourth in NL Cy Young balloting, posting a 9-5 record with a 2.27 ERA and a 191/31 K/BB ratio in 20 starts. A Mets rotation that includes Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese (if he isn’t traded) could be quite formidable next season.