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

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.