Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed one run on two hits in two innings while striking out two and walking one against the Braves on Wednesday afternoon in what was his first start of Spring Training.
"It's a new year," Harvey said after the game. "I'm healthy, I'm ready to go. It was a good outing -- good start."
Harvey was also happy with his mechanics and ability to throw his slider for strikes.
"Mechanics were good today and I'm excited about the outing," he said.
With his fastball ranging between 93 and 95 MPH and touching 96, per Mike Puma of the NY Post, Harvey had a scoreless first inning and allowed one run in the second.
He struck out Ronald Acuna looking to start the first inning, before 1B Peter Alonso ranged to his right to deflect a grounder that would have been a routine ground out to second base but instead went for a single. Harvey then struck out Freddie Freeman looking, with catcher Jose Lobaton picking the runner off first base.
Harvey issued a walk and ground ball single in the second inning, before inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Dansby Swanson that drove in a run. He then got Austin Riley to fly out to center field.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway was impressed with Harvey's stuff.
"He had that extra gear, that extra life on his fastball," Callaway said after the game.
The 28-year-old Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. And he said earlier in ST that he might have tried to do too much too soon last season.
Harvey, who is eligible for free agency after this season, said earlier this month that he has a lot left to prove.
"Going in to this year, I strive to be better than I was before," Harvey said on Thursday morning while speaking for the first time since last season. "There's no reason why I can't. I'm still 28, 29 years old. There's a lot left in the tank. I'm ready to go, I'm excited. The ball is coming out better than it has in a long time. I'm just excited."