Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Harvey throws bullpen in Port St. Lucie
By Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- The Mets announced Wednesday afternoon that Matt Harvey threw a 27-pitch bullpen at their complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Don't ask how hard he was throwing. Or if you do ask, don't say you hope he was throwing hard.
The Mets don't.
Manager Terry Collins said he and pitching coach Dan Warthen were scheduled to speak with Harvey by phone early Wednesday evening, a continuation of the Mets' effort to slow down the pace of Harvey's recovery from Tommy John surgery.
"Matt gets it and understands it, but the issue with Matt is that everything he does is max effort," Collins said. "So even if you're going to slow down the pace of getting him in a game, he's got to back off on the effort side, too. He's talked about how great he feels, and how well he's throwing. He's got to back off a bit."
Asked what that entails, Collins said: "I want to start seeing a hump in the throw. Does that explain it?"
General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets will consider slowing Harvey's rehab to the point where he wouldn't appear in any game setting before spring training. Previously, Alderson had said that Harvey would likely pitch in either an instructional league game and/or an Arizona Fall League game.
Harvey, of course, has said multiple times that he wants to pitch in a major-league game this season.
Here's a tip: Reliever Carlos Torres, who has allowed six home runs in the last 10 innings he has pitched, dismissed Collins' suggestion that he could be tipping his pitches. Torres pointed out that while he has allowed a home run in each of his last four appearances, they have come against four different teams, and it's unlikely all four noticed the same thing.
Bernard suspended: Right-hander Derrick Bernard, signed in June as an undrafted free agent and currently on the Mets' roster in the rookie Gulf Coast League, was suspended for 62 games after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, which is considered a performance enhancing drug and is banned under baseball's drug program. The 22-year-old Bernard had appeared in six games as a reliever, with a 3.86 ERA.