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Friday, June 20, 2014
Harvey, nearing mound, advises Marlins ace

By Adam Rubin

MIAMI -- The organization-imposed ban on Matt Harvey stepping on a mound, which is intended to avoid a setback, but which also likely will prevent him from pitching in the majors this season, appears about two weeks from being lifted.

"Probably a couple of weeks," Harvey told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday at Marlins Park. "I'd say sometime in July would be realistic for that."

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In the interim, Harvey typically is throwing on flat ground at distances up to about 120 feet. And, now, he is acting as a mentor for another high-profile pitcher going through a similar rehab process following Tommy John surgery.

Harvey and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who had the surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttache on May 16 in Los Angeles, chatted during batting practice before Thursday's series opener at Marlins Park.

"I got a heads up that he might have some questions and want to reach out and talk a little bit," said Harvey, who is represented by agent Scott Boras, like Fernandez. "Obviously the whole process is fresh in my mind. Any way that I can help. I shot him over my number and told him to feel free any time if he has any questions."

Harvey, acting as counselor, having undergone the procedure Oct. 22, noted there are nuances in the rehab plans prescribed by ElAttache and Dr. James Andrews, who operated on Harvey.

"Every surgeon has a little bit different process," Harvey said. "His specific case is a little bit more conservative, a little more careful. Andrews is a little more aggressive, like range of motion. So there are little differences. But he said he feels great and is excited to keep moving forward."

As for both aces being sidelined amid a rash of Tommy John surgeries across baseball, Harvey added: "It's unfortunate. He's so exciting to watch and so competitive. Those are the guys that make you want to be better. It's really unfortunate the amount of guys who are out right now who could have a big impact on Major League Baseball, him being the prime example."