The plan for Mets RHP Matt Harvey this offseason will include "a substantial throwing program," Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, told Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
"The idea is to have a lot of reps to get his fastball command back and get his release point down," Boras explained.
Harvey had a tumultuous 2017 season as injuries plagued his performance. After surgery last season to remove a rib in order to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, Harvey suffered a stress injury to his shoulder this season and missed several months. After returning, he had a 11.28 ERA in six starts.
"The positive is that this nightmare of a seaosn is over for me," Harvey said after his final start of 2017.
Boras, who said recovery from TOS surgery is different for every player, indicated Harvey's velocity is "more than enough at 95 (MPH)," noting the issues are about command.
"This is about command and command does relate to conditioning and strength. What Matt went through with the TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome), he did not have the type of conditioning last offseason you do when you have normal health. He will have that chance this offseason."
Boras added that Harvey is "committed to getting his abilities to a place they were before," and that he is "fighting for something he really wants."
The 29-year-old Harvey is eligible for arbitration a final time this offseason, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson has suggested multiple times that the Mets plan to retain him.
Harvey is eligible for free agency after next season.
In 92 2/3 innings this season, he had a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP, with 67 strikeouts. Harvey had a 4.86 ERA in 2016 while pitching with numbness in his fingers due to thoracic outlet syndrome. He had a 2.71 ERA in 2015 after posting a 2.27 ERA in 2013 and 2.73 ERA in 2012, during what was his rookie season.