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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Harvey remains in physical therapy phase

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- As the season concludes, Matt Harvey remains working with physical therapists at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Terry Collins hopes the ace soon will head to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin a throwing program.

Collins reiterated Harvey likely will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, or somewhere equivalent, within six weeks or so to gauge whether the elbow will hold up. The last thing the Mets want is for Harvey to first strenuously test the elbow at the start of next season and potentially jeopardize part of 2015 if the ulnar collateral ligament gives out.

Harvey has a partially torn UCL and is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery. Collins continues to bet Harvey will avoid surgery given his determination, but most team officials have appeared skeptical.

"Matt is going under some pretty intense rehabilitation at the hospital here, HSS, with the physical therapists," Collins said. "When they feel he's ready to begin the throwing program, he will go to Florida. We hope that's soon. I can't give you a date. We hope it's very soon. Once he gets down there and starts the throwing program, we'll see what the stages are, where he's at.

"But he does got to go pitch someplace. He's got to go throw. That's why the Arizona Fall League was brought up, because I'm not sure we're ever going to be able to determine his status throwing on the side. I think we've got to somehow get some intensity and some meaningful situations to see how he comes out of it."