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Matt Harvey hopes to throw a baseball later this month for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October (New York Post, Feb. 7).

5:25 p.m.: Harvey appeared on WFAN on Friday afternoon and told Mike Francesa that he has begun lifting weights like normal, throwing against a trampoline and plyometrics.

"Things are going really smoothly now," Harvey said.

As for the decision to have the surgery, Harvey said he took a few weeks to come to terms with the decision, but eventually came around to it.

"That was part of the deciding factor, as well... Seeing Stephen Strasburg come back and throwing 96, 98. That was hope," he said. "If I can throw harder, that'd be nice."

He mentioned he expects to spend all of spring training - and the season - with the team.

"I would love to. I don't know what the plan is yet... If I'm there and I can be with the guys and learn the hitters, it's won't be like I missed a whole year," he said. "You can watch the game and study it that way, but it doesn't compare to being in the dugout with the pitcher and the pitching coach. You can't get that from the TV. If I can be there and study all the hitters, that will be big for me when I come back."

"They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that’s Feb. 22," Harvey said. "I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As of right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

Harvey said he will arrive in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with his teammates, by the Feb. 15 report date.

He has previously said he would like to pitch in a game before the end of 2014. However, Sandy Alderson told a group of season-ticket holders at Citi Field on Thursday that it's unlikely Harvey will pitch for the Mets this season, even if the team is in a pennant race.

Read More: Mets ace Harvey aiming to resume throwing (New York Post)

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