Matt Harvey’s first start coming off Tommy John surgery was a good one with two perfect innings Friday afternoon against Detroit. Harvey struck out three and threw 25 of his prescribed 35 pitches, and finished his session throwing on the side.
HARVEY: Good first start. (AP)
“I wasn’t nervous. It felt good. … It was great,’’ Harvey said in a SNY interview from the Mets’ dugout. “This was the team I faced when things started crumbling. It is the biggest step so far.’’
Harvey’s last appearance was Aug. 24, 2013, when he was routed by the Tigers. He had surgery two months later.
While there is considerable talk about limiting Harvey this summer – much of it to be determined – he has one idea of his own.
“I think the main thing to work out is in between starts was that I was throwing too hard and too long in bullpens,’’ Harvey said. “The big thing is toning down the bullpens.’’
What Harvey didn’t mention, which I hoped he would, was to be more open about disclosing aches and pains. If you recall, he tried to pitch threw discomfort in his right forearm prior to the 2013 All-Star break.
Matt Harvey was perfect in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He didn’t reach his 35-pitch limit and struck out three hitters. Harvey touched the radar gun at 96 mph., but most importantly kept his word and did not overthrow, which is a way to get re-injured.
Overall, a great return.
Matt Harvey retired the first hitter, Nick Castellanos, on a fly to center, and struck out Jordan Lennerton and Bryan Holaday on strikes.
He did not reach 35 pitches, and will likely complete his day by throwing on the side. Noah Syndergaard is up next.
Matt Harvey struck out the first hitter he faced Anthony Gose. Got the second, Jose Iglesias, on a one-bouncer back to the mound and the third, Rajai Davis, grounded out to first.
It was an easy inning as he threw only 10 pitches. Ron Darling said Harvey was stepping on the gas, which Keith Hernandez confirmed, saying he was at 96. It is important to note neither said Harvey was overthrowing as he kept the same compact delivery he always had.
Here are the starting lineups for today’s game with Detroit, which will be telecast on SNY.
New York Mets
Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Wilmer Flores, ss
Anthony Recker, dh
Matt Harvey, p
Anthony Gose, cf
Jose Iglesias, ss
Rajai Davis, lf
Nick Castellanos, 3b
Jordan Lennerton, 1b
Bryan Holaday, c
Daniel Fields, dh
Andrew Romine, 2b
Xavier Avery, rf
David Price, p