It was only natural to temper expectations for Matt Harvey this spring while he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he has done nothing except pick up from where he left off.
Harvey tossed four scoreless innings against the Cardinals this afternoon in his final tune-up of the spring. The Mets’ ace allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out four. You can check out the video below:
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Harvey wraps up his spring with a 1.19 ERA and 21/1 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. That’s right, just one walk to 83 total batters. Command is often the last thing to bounce back after surgery, so you can’t help but be encouraged by how fantastic he has looked. The lengthier layoff might have paid dividends here.
Harvey’s last regular season start was on August 24, 2013. He’ll make his return next Thursday against the Nationals in the Mets’ third game of the season. According to Marc Carig of the New York Daily News, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said today that Harvey won’t throw more than 100 pitches in his season debut.