PORTLAND, Maine — After making his fourth rehab start Saturday night, Matt Harvey declared himself ready to rejoin the Mets.
“Whatever they decide, I’m ready to go,” the righthander said.
Harvey had some shaky moments during his second rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, and fourth in the minor leagues overall as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. But after hurling 72 pitches against the Portland Sea Dogs and getting a no-decision in a 9-5 loss, he said his shoulder was pain-free.
“Getting up close to 75 and still feeling strong and like I could go more was the biggest task,” Harvey said. “All in all, that’s definitely a plus for me, getting up to that many pitches and not having any pain or any discomfort.”
After a pair of hard-hit balls did no damage in the first inning and two strikeouts in the second, Harvey allowed two runs, one unearned, in the third when Sea Dogs shortstop Chad De La Guerra ripped a two-run double off the rightfield wall.
In the fourth, Josh Ockimey rocketed a Harvey fastball off the leftfield wall for a double. Ockimey scored on a single two batters later.
Harvey came out for one more inning, retiring two batters before hitting his last batter. The Rumble Ponies, who planned to let Harvey go six innings or throw about 75 pitches, removed him after that wayward 72nd pitch. A pair of runs scored later in that inning were credited to Harvey’s line.
In 4 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed five runs, three of them earned, on five hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Harvey has been on the Mets’ disabled list since June 16 with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder that had sapped the 28-year-old’s velocity. Harvey’s fastball typically sat in the 90-to-92 miles-per-hour range throughout Saturday’s start and his velocity reached 93 on the stadium radar gun on a few occasions.
“It’s going to come and go,” Harvey said of the velocity. “Once you get the adrenaline going in a big-league game . . . then the velocity will come.”
In two starts with Binghamton, Harvey allowed seven runs, five earned, in 7 2/3 innings. He allowed nine hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
But despite that, Harvey said after Saturday’s start in Maine, “I feel very confident that I can go six innings, seven innings and get major-league hitters out.”