New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey threw 18 pitches over an inning of work, allowing a run, a hit and a walk, in a rehab start Saturday with Class-A Short Season Brooklyn. It was his first rehab start since being placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 16 with a stress injury to his shoulder.
Harvey had thrown live batting practice at Citi Field earlier this week before progressing to Saturday’s rehab start. The 28-year-old is expected to have a side-session in front of Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen before he’s sent out for at least one more rehab start. Harvey last pitched for the Mets on June 14 and is 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts this year.
The Mets have been struck with a plethora of injuries to their pitching staff, as Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler remain on the disabled list. Syndergaard has yet to pitch since April 30 due to a lat tear and the team said his rehab is several weeks behind Harvey’s, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Familia is slated to return this month after undergoing arterial surgery in May.
Prior to his injury, Harvey was suspended three games by the Mets after failing to report to the team’s game on May 6. Harvey’s 5.25 ERA would be a career high for a season in which he’s logged at least 10 starts. He held a 4.86 ERA through 17 starts last season but finished with a sub-3.00 ERA his first three seasons in the majors.
The Mets drafted Harvey with the seventh overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft and he’s gone 33-31 with a 3.22 ERA in 95 career starts while making an All-Star appearance.