New York Daily News—October 29, 2013
In just over a year, Matt Harvey’s reputation has been built on his fierce competitive nature, and clearly the Mets righthander is taking on his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery with the same zeal and determination to dominate.
Monday night, the 24-year-old All-Star declared himself “ahead of schedule,” six days after undergoing the surgery.
“I am just doing range of motion stuff now, but today was the first day I could take the bandages off and I was at (Hospital for Special Surgery) working and everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule," Harvey told the Daily News in his first comments since the procedure.
“So the rehab is ahead of schedule,” said Harvey, a big Rangers fan and frequently in the stands at the Garden.
That is the first good news from Harvey since Aug. 24, when he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The pitcher took his time exploring his options before committing to surgery, which generally takes a year to recover from.
Monday night, Harvey felt like things were going well. His arm was out of the sling that he wore post-surgery and he was able to straighten it. He wore a metal brace on the outside of his shirt from his upper to lower arm to protect the elbow.
“I feel good,” Harvey said. “I am working hard at the rehab and I feel like I am ahead of schedule.”
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