Opening Day may be 206 days away, but rehabbing Mets ace Matt Harvey already has his sights set on his first post-Tommy John surgery win.
When asked about the Mets' offseason plans during an appearance on WFAN radio Thursday morning, Harvey shifted the focus toward his own return to the mound.
"I think those are things you can't really worry about,'' Harvey told hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason. "I'm looking ahead to April 6 and counting [the] Washington Nationals as a 'W.' ''
Manager Terry Collins didn't mind the bravado.
" . . . If there were no restrictions at all, Matt Harvey would probably be pitching right now,'' Collins said before the Mets faced the Nationals. "Fortunately, there are restrictions, there is history, there is documentation that this wouldn't have been a good idea. But Matt Harvey backs up what he says and yeah, I like it a lot.''
Harvey, 25, pushed to pitch this season, but the Mets slowed his rehab enough to prevent him from pitching in big- league games. Instead, Harvey said he will throw one or two more extended bullpen sessions before entering into a typical offseason schedule for pitchers.
Though Harvey will not face hitters until early in spring training, he said "everything is healthy" with his surgically repaired right elbow.
"I'm completely on board with whatever they have, whatever the doctors and [general manager] Sandy Alderson has planned," Harvey said. "I'm completely for that.'' Paying respects
The Mets continued their tradition of honoring first responders. To mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, they wore caps from various city agencies during pregame batting practice.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Jefferson Crowther, whose son Welles lost his life on Sept. 11 while helping others to safety before the collapse of the South Tower at the World Trade Center.