Matt Harvey's rehab assignment continued in Florida today, with the right-hander taking to the slope of a mound once more to help get himself back to full health after Tommy John surgery in October.
Matt Harvey threw 29 pitches off the slope of the mound in Port St. Lucie earlier today.— New York Mets (@Mets) August 9, 2014
Harvey had a chance to throw fifteen pitches in the Citi Field mound last Sunday, the first time that he had tossed off a mound surface since the procedure. He was able to bump it up to 20 pitches when he headed down back to Florida on Tuesday as the team gradually gives him a little more work each time he goes back out.
It is still very unlikely—if not absolutely impossible—that Harvey will pitch in a major league game this season, given the continued messages being sent from the front office. The Mets' thinking is that they don't want to risk having a very key part of their future suffer long-term damage to his arm and having his career negatively affected, especially with the possibility of having him in the rotation next year with emerging young arms like Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler (and perhaps Noah Syndergaard). Still, it looks like he is continuing to progress in preparation for getting back on the field, which looks more and more like it will happen next year, not this year.
Here is video Harvey posted to his Instagram account of his throwing session today.