Matt Harvey
SP NYM
5 days ago

Harvey could remain behind in extended spring training to build up his stamina to begin the season and miss his first turn through the rotation, the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

While seeing Harvey touch 96 mph with his fastball during Monday's start was definitely encouraging, he was still visibly flagging in the fifth inning. The Mets have an off day in the first week of the season and could use that to give the right-hander some extra time to build up his pitch count before having him make his 2017 debut, as he makes his comeback from surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome. Expect the team's rotation plans to become clearer over the next week, with Opening Day fast approaching.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
5 days ago

Harvey's fastball sat at 93-94 mph and topped out at 96 in his start against the Tigers on Monday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

The increased velocity on Harvey's fastball is a very encouraging sign, although that surge did not have an accompanying dominant performance Monday. The Tigers tagged Harvey for three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings, but Mets manager Terry Collins was pleased that Harvey was repeating his delivery consistently and commanding his pitches well.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
2 weeks ago

Harvey sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball again during his start Wednesday against the Marlins, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

He gave up two earned runs along with two unearned runs in Wednesday's outing, while he lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to 7.88 in eight innings over three starts. With three starts left before the games begin to count, there is no guarantee that Harvey will recoup his missing velocity before Opening Day. He's now eight months removed from surgery to treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and it's possible that he will need to work with a heavier mix of off-speed secondary offerings if his four-seamer lacks its typical effectiveness.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
2 weeks ago

Harvey was sitting 92-93 mph with his fastball during Friday's Grapefruit League start and topped out at 94 mph, The New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

While those certainly aren't bad radar gun readings for the second week of March, they're a far cry from the 96 mph Harvey was averaging prior to undergoing surgery last July to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome. Given the limited, and discouraging, data on pitchers making full recoveries from that procedure, fantasy owners should be hesitant to pay full freight for the 27-year-old on the assumption that he will simply return to his previous form.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
2 weeks ago

Harvey (neck) allowed a solo home run while striking out two batters and walking one in three innings Friday versus the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The embattled starter was reportedly dealing with a lot of neck soreness in his previous spring start, but Friday's appearance quells any concerns of lingering effects from that issue. Harvey seems to be back to 100 percent and should be able to have a normal spring training from here out, although that could change quickly if his rough injury history is any indication.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
3 weeks ago

Harvey (neck) pitched a bullpen session Wednesday and reportedly had no issues with his neck, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pitching coach Dan Warthen also thought the outing went well, and given the lack of pain in his neck, it appears that Harvey should be good to go for his scheduled appearance Friday. The Mets will likely be cautious with their injury-riddled starter moving forward, but it's good to see Harvey getting back into game action nonetheless.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
3 weeks ago

Harvey said his neck felt better Monday, although it was still a little tight, and he has no intention of missing his next scheduled spring start Friday, The New York Daily News reports. "I should be good to go," Harvey said.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old also noted that he needs to be cautious about overdoing things. "After you've had two surgeries you want to do everything you can to stay on the field and I think I've definitely realized that I need to put a lot more effort in before you go out there and just throw and just run," Harvey said. "You have to take care of your body better and I think that's definitely changed from this year since last." While his velocity was down Sunday, topping out at 94 mph, Harvey attributed that to some mechanical tweaks he needs to make, not the health of his arm or neck. Until he proves he can reach the high 90s again, though, any fantasy expectations for Harvey need to be kept in check.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
3 weeks ago

Harvey wore a heating pad on his neck while pitching against the Cardinals on Sunday to alleviate stiffness that almost caused him to skip his start, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harvey cruised through the first inning of his start, but fell apart in the second when he allowed four hits, including a home run. The news that he was suffering from a stiff neck could be a possible a explanation for why he seemed to fade as his start progressed. Assuming his neck stiffness is nothing serious, Harvey will look to continue knocking the rust off this spring, as he makes his way back from having his season cut short last July due to suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
4 weeks ago

Harvey (shoulder) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Cardinals, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harvey struggled mightily in 2016 before he was shut down for good in July after requiring thoracic outlet surgery, but the former staff ace progressed about as well as the Mets could have hoped throughout the offseason and entered spring training at full strength. Though spring-training stats are normally worth disregarding, those planning on investing in shares of Harvey will at least want to keep an eye on his velocity and command in Grapefruit League play in order to ascertain if the 27-year-old has returned to reasonable form. Even if he makes it through the spring unscathed, Harvey will still carry plenty of injury risk during the season, but his price may have dropped enough to make him worth the gamble in drafts and auctions.

Matt Harvey
SP NYM
1 month ago

Harvey (shoulder) said he feels great after going through a normal offseason, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander underwent thoracic outlet surgery over the summer, but James Wagner of the New York Times adds that Harvey is able to throw a baseball effortlessly again, something he couldn't say last season. Harvey has been throwing since before Christmas, but he still carries a lot of risk heading into 2017 given his extensive injury history and his struggles during the 2016 campaign.