New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RHP Matt Harvey "looks great" and "is in tremendous shape" as he resumes throwing after thoracic outlet syndrome cut his 2016 season short.
Harvey, 27, was diagnosed with TOS when trapped nerves caused numbness and discomfort in his pitching arm. He made his last start in early July and is expected to be ready for spring training.
TOS isn't considered a "death sentence" for pitchers, a former Mets prospect earlier said, and several other pitchers who have underwent surgery for TOS have the numbers to back it up.
St. Louis Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia, Kansas City Royals RHP Chris Young and former pitcher Josh Beckett each underwent surgery for TOS and made at least 20 starts with sub-4.00 ERAs the following year.
Garcia underwent surgery at 28 years old, and in 2015 he went 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 20 starts. Beckett had surgery at 33 years old and went 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts in 2014, and Young went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 30 games (29 starts) in 2014.
However, former pitcher Chris Carpenter underwent surgery in 2012 at 37 years old and did not return to the mound. Noah Lowry and Shaun Marcum are two more pitchers who were diagnosed with TOS, and Lowry, like Carpenter, never threw another pitch again.
Including the postseason, Harvey went 15-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 33 starts (216 innings) in 2015, his first season after he missed the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was limited to 17 games (92 2/3 innings) last year, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA.