A year after health issues cut his season short, Matt Harvey looks good to return to form in 2017, general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post.
Harvey, who had his 2016 season cut short after complications with Thoracic outlet syndrome that resulted in surgery, said earlier in the offseason that he has not experienced any pain in his arm while throwing after he did much of last year. While Alderson said he has not seen Harvey throw in person, he is optimistic about the pitcher's progress.
"I haven't actually seen him throw off a mound, but I've seen video, know he's in excellent shape," Alderson said. "He's in good spirits, he's been working hard and has been throwing. And so from all of those indications, it appears that he's right on track. I always caution and remind myself that we'll know a lot more in spring training as Harvey and others progress through their throwing programs. But right now everything looks very good."
Dealing with the health issues, Harvey was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA (3.47 FIP) in just 17 starts last year. Knowing Harvey, Alderson said, he expects the right-hander to be back to the level that saw him carry a sub-3.00 ERA during his first two-plus seasons with the Mets.
"We haven't discussed it at all, but knowing the competitor that he is, knowing how he enjoys pitching in New York and the feedback that he gets from the fans, I think he's anxious to get back to that level," Alderson said. "There are lots of motivating reasons, but I don't think there has ever been any doubt about his desire to succeed and perform (at any) level."