Matt Harvey doesn’t want you to blame the Mets medical staff for his latest stint on the disabled list. The once formidable right-hander believes if he was smarter about informing the team of the significance of his latest injury, his time away from the mound would’ve been much shorter.
“It’s my fault for [staying out there]. I should’ve said a lot more earlier,” Harvey said after throwing for the first time since going on the DL on June 16 with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right throwing shoulder. “Maybe I would’ve missed a start or two here and there, but wanting to be out there more and not missing time, I pushed through it, and obviously ran into a wall.
“Maybe if I had taken a little bit more time [it would’ve been different]. I don’t think you can predict those things. I wanted to be out there as much as I could. It didn’t quite work out that way.”
Harvey, 28, and fellow rehabbing pitcher Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) threw on flat ground in the outfield from 65-70 feet on Monday before the Mets opened a four-game series with the Cardinals at Citi Field. Harvey, who said he now feels healthy and without pain, expects to throw again Wednesday.
The last two seasons have been difficult for the right-hander — injury-riddled years full of poor results. He missed the second half of last season, following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. It led to weakness in the muscles behind his throwing shoulder. After he went on the disabled list this year, it was determined the muscles behind his right shoulder were close to half the size of those on his left, a major reason his velocity often dropped after the first inning of many of his starts.
It followed a stellar 2015 — his first season back following Tommy John surgery — in which Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and helped the Mets reach the World Series, throwing 216 innings in the regular season and…