New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Mets Manager Terry Collins told pitcher Matt Harvey to “back off” as the ace tries to do so much coming back from a Tommy John surgery.
Collins understands Harvey’s desire to contribute to the team but he needs to see the bigger picture.
“And the big picture is 2015. So back off,” the Mets manager told Harvey Thursday.
He also asked Harvey to stop doing radio interviews during Mets’ games.
During a Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Harvey did a radio interview on ESPN New York 98.7.
Harvey shared, “I felt like I was easily throwing into the low- to mid-90s, with pretty much no effort.”
He was doing rehab and was throwing a 27-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie.
The 25-year-old also revealed his goal of returning to the mound this year, which will not happen according to Collins.
The Mets are using Jeremy Hefner’s incident to make Harvey aware of future consequences.
Hefner came back after a Tommy John surgery and is likely to undergo the same operation after pitching in a minor league game.
When Collins was asked about Harvey in 2015, the Mets manager said he is not worried.
He believes Harvey will be fine going through the process and is now handling the situation very well.
“And I’ve just told him you’ve got to take a look at the big picture and you’ve got to be careful what you’re doing and what you’re saying, because you have to be here next year,” Collins added.
Harvey boasts a 2.39 ERA in his career with the Mets before getting injured and undergoing surgery.