Mets pitcher Matt Harvey wants to return this season

Thursday August 14th, 2014

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is less than a year removed from having Tommy John surgery, but he says he is aiming to return this season. 

Harvey threw a 27-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and says he is throwing with plenty of velocity without pain.

Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery last October after being originally diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

"I threw a bullpen today and I didn't miss a spot," Harvey said on ESPN New York 98.7. "I felt like I was easily throwing into the low to mid 90s with pretty much no effort.

More: How a small-time handicapper concocted a wild MLB game-fixing tale

Mets management have said Harvey to slow down on his rehab so he is ready to pitch next season. From ESPN New York: 

"One of the reasons we have tried to back Matt off is how he is mentally. This guy is a bulldog," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I'm going to put my head through the wall."

- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.