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Harvey (elbow), who was originally rumored to make his first start of the season April 13 against the Phillies, now may start April 9 against the Nationals and then April 14 versus Philadelphia, the NY Post reports.

Having Harvey start April 14, the Mets' second hime game, would guarantee a big crowd plus if might prevent him from being over-amped in the first home game of the season. Nothing is set in stone, so expect the decision on when to start Harvey to play out much of the spring.

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Harvey (elbow) faced swinging batters for the first time Monday in a 26-pitch session, NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt reports.

He gave up one would-be hit during the session against David Wright and Curtis Granderson, and appeared to have his pitches working. This was his second time facing batters since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but it was the first time the batters were swinging against him. Harvey will make his Grapefruit League debut Friday and is slated to start one of the Mets' first five games of the season, although he will not be the Opening Day starter.

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Harvey threw 43 pitches in batting practice Friday, his first such effort since his October 2013 Tommy John surgery, the NY Daily News reports.

Harvey threw two sessions with David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy standing in to see pitches. His fastball topped out around 94-95 mph, a bit higher than expected but it did not look as if he was overthrowing. Harvey is slated to throw one batting practice session before making his first spring start Friday against the Tigers.

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Harvey (elbow) is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start March 6 against the Tigers, MLB.com reports.

Harvey will return to the mound next Friday for his first taste of live action in more than 18 months. The right-hander just began incorporating his slider into his bullpen sessions Sunday, and is expected to throw live batting practice Friday for the first since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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Harvey will throw batting practice Friday, the first time he has done so since his October 2013 Tommy John surgery, ESPN New York reports.

Harvey may just pitch to batters in the box, though they may not swing because it's so early in camp. Regardless, it's another step forward for Harvey in his recovery.

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Harvey may be making five-inning outings in lieu of skipping starts this season according to manager Terry Collins, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.The shortened starts could limit Harvey's win-ceiling this year if the Mets stick to this plan. Rubin's report implies that Harvey won't be held to five innings in all of his starts, as it was reported earlier in the week that Harvey could be in line to throw 200 innings this season.

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Harvey's GM, Sandy Alderson, says the Mets might be okay with Harvey pitching 200 innings including the playoffs, Marc Carig of NY Newsday reports.That statement is encouraging for people who are worried the Mets would pull a Strasburg if they made the playoffs. Harvey could return later than expected and make that all moot, but this is likely all still up in the air for now.

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Harvey (elbow) threw his first bullpen session Tuesday, tosing 29 fastballs and changeups, the NY Post reports.Harvey had his usual command and control, which usually is one of the last aspects to come when returning from Tommy John surgery. He has yet to throw sliders or curveball in his rehab, which is something he will do when pitching coach Dan Warthen arrives in camp next week. It will be interesting to see if Harvey dials back his 90 mph, power slider in an effort to save wear-and-tear on his surgically repaired elbow.

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Harvey said Monday that his arm "feels great" and that he's "pretty on point with [his] accuracy," Newsday reports.The comments were made after a nearly two-hour workout at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to which Harvey arrived two weeks early. His comments about his control are especially encouraging because, as he said, "that usually the last thing to come back" for players recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander added that he is feeling "extremely healthy" and said his focus is being ready for Opening Day on April 6, though GM Sandy Alderson said just last week that the plan is to hold Harvey out of the team's first two series on the road and then start him in the April 13 home opener.

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Harvey (elbow) will likely make his first 2015 start in the Mets' home opener, April 13 against the Phillies.

GM Sandy Alderson broke this news at a season ticket holder Q&A session Wednesday at Citi Field. The plan is to hold Harvey out of the team's first two series on the road and then have him start the home opener. That is dependent on no setbacks during spring training and by holding him out the first six games, the Mets manage Harvey's projected innings during the season by having miss one start.