PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - No matter what the New York Mets think, Matt Harvey is convinced he can pitch at some point this season.
The Mets ace had elbow ligament-replacement surgery Oct. 22 and hasn't thrown a baseball from more than 60 feet off flat ground. New York doesn't expect him to return until 2015.
Harvey says "I still have in my mind that I want to come back this year, and whether the doctors clear that or the people upstairs have other ideas, my mindset as a competitor is to get back on the field."
Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and was the NL starter in last year's All-Star game at Citi Field. The team announced Aug. 26 that the right-hander had partially torn his ulnar collateral ligament.