New York Post

Harvey doesn’t regret busy ’15


Don’t blame the Mets medical staff for Matt Harvey’s latest stint on the disabled list. The once formidable right-hander believes if he was smarter about informing the team of the significan­ce of his latest injury, his time away from the mound would’ve been much shorter.

“It’s my fault for [staying out there]. I should’ve said a lot more earlier,” Harvey said after throwing for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 16 with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right throwing shoulder. “Maybe I would’ve missed a start or two here and there, but wanting to be out there more and not missing time, I pushed through it, and obviously ran into a wall.

“Maybe if I had taken a little bit more time [it would’ve been different]. I don’t think you can predict those things. I wanted to be out there as much as I could. It didn’t quite work out that way.”

Harvey, 28, and Noah Syndergaar­d threw on flat ground in the outfield from 65-70 feet on Monday. Harvey, who said he now feels healthy and without pain, expects to throw again Wednesday.

The last two seasons have been difficult for the right-hander — injury-riddled years full of poor results. He missed the second half of last season, following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

It followed a stellar 2015 — his first season back following Tommy John surgery — in which Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and helped the Mets reach the World Series, throwing 216 innings in the regular season and playoffs, the most ever for a pitcher coming off the surgery.

There was debate that year if Harvey should throw that many innings, talk fueled by his agent Scott Boras. When asked if that contribute­d to the injury problems he has encountere­d, Harvey said he was uncertain.

“It’s not really my place to evaluate that,” he said.

But he still wouldn’t change anything about how that year played out.

“We played five games in the World Series, how could you regret that?” Harvey said. “I wouldn’t change anything.”

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