Matt Harvey will make the first start of his rehab assignment on Saturday for the Brooklyn Cyclones as they visit Hudson Valley. Harvey has been out since the middle of June with a shoulder injury.
In the time he has been on the field, he has not been the Harvey of years past. In thirteen starts totaling 70.1 innings, Harvey has a 5.25 ERA and 6.18 FIP with career-worst strikeout and walk rates. Of course, he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome last year, a condition that presumably had a lot to do with his 4.86 ERA in seventeen starts during that season and affected his performance this year.
If the Mets are to rely upon Harvey as a part of their rotation in 2018, it would be encouraging to see him make his way back to the big leagues soon and pitch reasonably well between then and the end of the season. It’s hard to imagine that he, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler will all prove themselves worthy of being included in a contending rotation next year, but it would be nice if at least one of that group finished the season strong as the Mets go into the offseason.