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Report: Matt Harvey scheduled for first start since Tommy John surgery

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is scheduled to start against the Detroit Tigers on March 6, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

The spring training game would be Harvey's first start since August 24, 2013. He had Tommy John surgery two months later. 

Harvey, 25, started the All-Star Game for the National League in 2013 and finished fourth in Cy Young voting. He had a 2.27 ERA and struck out 191 batters in 178 1/3 innings. He gave up the fewest home runs per nine innings in the major leagues. 

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Harvey will pitch to batters on Friday, though they will not swing.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in November that the team would put a "soft" innings limit on Harvey this season. Speaking with reporters last week, Alderson did not elaborate on what that limit might be, but said Harvey may be allowed to throw 200 innings.

Alderson said in December that the Mets could put Harvey on the disabled list at some point this season if he experienced discomfort in order to keep him available for a potential playoff run.


- Brad Rowland