Following in the footsteps of teammate Matt Harvey, Hefner made the trek to Marlins Park from Port St. Lucie to do his rehab work Tuesday with the Mets. He aims to advance to throwing on flat ground at 120 feet this week, most likely on Thursday. He may begin throwing from the slope of the mound a few weeks later.
Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013, about two months before Harvey's procedure. The 28-year-old right-hander still hopes to pitch for the Mets this season.
"That's my goal," Hefner said (ESPN, May 7). "That's my hope. Hopefully I can come and contribute if there's a need. I think I'd be wasting my time if I wasn't trying to get back to the big leagues."
Though Hefner is stationed in Port St. Lucie full-time, unlike Harvey, when Harvey is not back in New York, he and Hefner benefit from each other's company.
"He's firing balls to me and I'm firing balls back at him," Hefner said (MLB.com, May 7). "It's a good time. Ever since I've been in the organization, me and Matt have pretty much been in the same spot. He helps me with my mechanics and I help him with his."