Mets Pitcher Harvey Throws Off Mound for 1st Time Since Surgery

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey threw off a mound for the first time since having elbow surgery last October and called his 15-pitch session “a big success.”

General Manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey will work at the Mets’ training complex in Florida through the beginning of October, and that he will face instructional league batters as part of his rehabilitation program -- all part of a plan to have him at 100 percent for spring training in 2015.

Harvey, 25, had a partial ligament tear in his right elbow repaired after he abandoned plans to try strengthening and rehabilitation instead of surgery.

Harvey was one of Major League Baseball’s top pitchers last season until he was sidelined in late August with elbow pain. He went 9-5 with a 2.27 earned run average in 178 1/3 innings, striking out 191 batters, and started the All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field.

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