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Mets RHP Matt Harvey says he is a couple weeks away from throwing off a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery late last year, he told team beat reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, June 21).

"I'd say sometime in July would be realistic," he said.

Harvey told reporters in late May that he expected to be throwing off a mound early last week, but Sandy Alderson put it on hold.

In the meantime, he continues to throw off flat ground.

In addition, Alderson said last week that, although Harvey may wish to make five to seven starts this season, the Mets want him to wait at least 11 months after his Tommy John surgery before he pitches in a game, which is standard protocol and the doctor recommended time frame.

Harvey has said he wants to go in to the off season knowing he’s capable of pitching in a game.

“I think there are other ways that we can provide that kind of peace of mind (for him), whether it’s in instructional league or some other setting,” Alderson said. “So, that’s yet to be determined.”

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