Terry Collins said Wednesday night he was going to “put my head through the wall,” after learning that Matt Harvey threw off a mound earlier in the day (ESPN, Aug. 13).
Collins is frustrated that Harvey is resisting the team’s guidance to scale back workouts as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey’s bullpen session came a day after Sandy Alderson said the team has talked with Harvey about slowing down his rehab schedule, using Jeremy Hefner’s recent re-injury as a cautionary tale (MetsBlog, Aug. 12),
“I threw a bullpen today and I didn’t miss a spot,” Harvey said Wednesday afternoon on ESPN New York 98.7 of his fourth mound session since the surgery. It consisted of 27 pitches, two fewer than his previous session.
“I felt like I was easily throwing into the low- to mid-90s, with pretty much no effort,” he said. “I know there’s a process, but as a competitor I want to get out there as soon as possible.”
Collins said he and Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen planned to speak with Harvey by phone early Wednesday night, but they couldn’t reach him.
“We tried to get ahold of him, but he was talking on the radio,” Collins said, sarcastically. “One of the reasons we have tried to back Matt off is how he is mentally. This guy is a bulldog. There is no such thing as low speed or low gear. It’s all-out forward. There was a phone call made [Tuesday] where it was, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to back this down,’ and [Wednesday] he throws a 27-pitch bullpen. I’m going to put my head through the wall.”