Matt Harvey wants to rehab in New York, not Florida
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets ace Matt Harvey reiterated his preference to spend the majority of his rehab in New York this season as opposed to following the club's typical protocol by spending much of the season in Port St. Lucie.
"Everybody kind of knows that I want to be with the team, and be with the guys," said Harvey, who continues to make progress in his rehab from Tommy John surgery Tuesday. "New York is my home. I love being there. I love going to the ballpark every day. If I have that opportunity, that's where I'd love to be."
Harvey expects that a decision will be made soon. Last month, general manager Sandy Alderson said that the Mets' "general rule" is for players to rehab in Florida.
But Harvey ultimately holds much of the decision-making power under protections granted in the collective-bargaining agreement. By rule, Harvey must provide written consent to spend more than 20 days at the team's spring training facility during the regular season.
Otherwise, he must rehab in New York or on the road with the team.
Righthander Jeremy Hefner, who also is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, intends to spend most of his summer in Florida. But Harvey has been consistent in his desire to do most of his work in New York.
"I know as a player, you've got rights," said Harvey, who has gone over the CBA's rehab provisions with representatives from the players' union. "Obviously, I want to do like I said what's best for the organization, what's best for the rehab process. For me, I've made it clear where I stand."
Harvey has been long tossing and expects to move from 60 feet to 75 feet by week's end. He's still months away from throwing off a pitcher's mound, though he is still holding out hope of returning by August, roughly two months ahead of a typical rehab process.
Once he gets closer to a return, Harvey said he envisions going to the team's complex in Florida. But until then, Harvey believes he'll benefit more from spending time around the team, which would allow him to learn more about hitters from around the league.
"I want to do what's best for the organization and what's best for the rehab," Harvey said. "And I think at that point, it's going to be a discussion about where the best place is at certain times to do things."