Matt Harvey will be eligible to pitch in the Arizona Fall League should the Mets decide to pursue that option, according to this tweet by Adam Rubin.
Harvey, 24, has opted to rehab his partially torn UCL, rather than undergoing Tommy John surgery. After making the announcement during his press conference, Sandy Alderson floated the possibility that the Mets’ top starter could pitch in the AFL.
Harvey, who has not begun throwing yet, says he feels fine after consulting with Dr. Andrews and is resting his elbow while working on strengthening exercises to stabilize the elbow joint and put less stress on the UCL.
However, Alderson wants Harvey back on a mound and throwing competitively within a 6-8 week window. His reasoning for rushing Harvey back to a mound is that he wants Harvey pitching at a “near-competitive level pain-free, and perhaps on more than one occasion” before signing off on this continued course of rehab.
Whether or not this course of action can turn the partial tear in...