Matt Harvey: “I’m ahead of schedule” after Tommy John surgery

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey tells reporters that his recovery is already going well.

Speaking today outside Madison Square Garden before the Rangers’ home opener, New York Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey told reporters "everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule," referring to the Tommy John surgery he underwent to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last week.

A couple of months ago, Harvey indicated that he would attempt to rehabilitate his elbow, but he ultimately decided to undergo surgery. He told reporters tonight that this was a difficult decision, saying, "before I decided to go with surgery, I wanted to make sure I was mentally prepared, just fully committed in my decision."

Harvey was among the best pitchers in baseball this season before his injury. Harvey finished 3rd in the majors with a 2.27 ERA and 1st with a 2.00 FIP, and his 27.7 percent strikeout rate placed him 3rd among qualified pitchers. But he is expected to miss all of 2014 recovering from surgery.

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