Matt Harvey feels great, especially having been able to run a routine off-season throwing program this past winter, he explained to reporters Monday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
"I was able to pick it up in December, kind of like a normal offseason, which was different from the Tommy John when I had an entire offseason off," he explained.
Harvey tossed a bullpen session earlier in the day in front of teammates and media...
Harvey had his 2016 season cut short after complications with Thoracic outlet syndrome made it difficult for him to feel his fingers and grip the baseball.
"I knew something wasn't right," Harvey said about the start of last season, though he didn't know at the time what he was actually dealing with in his shoulder. "To go through that and not know why it was so difficult to throw, it became pretty tough. It was a tough process, but I'm glad to be in Spring Training healthy."
There was a point after surgery, when nerves in his shoulder were still being blocked, that he worried about whether he'd be ever be able to play baseball again. However, once feeling returned and he had full movement, he regained his focus and motivation for 2017 and beyond.
"They had a nerve block for three days after I had surgery and I couldn't feel my hand," Harvey said. "That was a big scare for me when I was in the hospital. ... Once I had full movement, it was kind of smooth sailing from there. ...I'm really happy to be here."