Matt Harvey likely will spend the entire 2014 season as a spectator.
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The New York Mets and Matt Harvey have agreed where the pitcher will rehabilitate from elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday the right-hander will be with the club in New York during homestands and work at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie when the Mets are on the road.
”About the first of June, when he’s about ready to get on the mound, he will come down to Florida and be here more or less full-time with occasional trips back to New York,” Alderson said. ”I think he’s happy with that arrangement. We’re happy with that arrangement. We think it will work well so we’re going to go ahead on that basis.”
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Since arriving in camp in February, Harvey has been adamant he rehabilitate in New York rather than Port St. Lucie.
The issue of where a player can be directed to rehabilitate became arose in 2000. When Carlos Beltran had a bone bruise, the Kansas City Royals ordered him to report for rehab at their spring training facility in Haines City, Fla., and he refused. The Royals suspended him without pay, the players’ association filed a grievance and the case settled without a decision.
The current collective bargaining agreement states ”a club may not direct that a player perform prescribed rehabilitation work for an injury at its spring training facility for a period of more than 20 days without the player’s written consent.”
Harvey is represented by Scott Boras, who was Beltran’s agent at the time of the grievance. Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA last year and was the NL starter in the All-Star game at Citi Field.
New York announced Aug. 26 that Harvey had a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, which was repaired by Dr. James Andrews during surgery on Oct. 22. Harvey began throwing a baseball on Feb. 22.