Stark: Are the Mets mismanaging Matt Harvey?

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on September 17, 2015:

Matt Harvey returns from the ligament protection program on Sunday. And gee, it’ll be great to see him, even if his pitch-count buzzer goes off in, say, the third inning.

But where he goes from here is one of those topics that matters to more than just the New York Mets, or the people who live and die with them and dream those wacky October dreams.

We know what the Mets are trying to do in an attempt to preserve this man’s elbow. But is this what they should be doing? Running him out there for a bunch of tuneup mini-starts every five days?

This is a biggggg topic for another chunk of the population, too. To doctors and surgeons who perform Tommy John surgery for a living. To trainers. To the entire sports-medicine community. To people who have devoted their lives to trying to determine when pitchers are being abused.

So we thought we’d do something that’s practically unheard of at a time like this. We’re taking a step back from the hysteria to ask some actual experts whether the Mets are handling Matt Harvey correctly.

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Originally published: September 17, 2015. Last Updated: September 17, 2015.