Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

RHP Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey is a serious case due to the severity and longevity of his injury.

Harvey elected to have surgery to address his thoracic outlet syndrome that caused him great discomfort throughout 2016.

The Dark Knight has begun rehab and working on his command, but he’ll need to be watched very carefully this season to ensure he can repeat his 2015 performance coming off Tommy John.

In order to get the most out of their ace, the Mets should limit Harvey to 20-25 pitches per start in Spring Training. While he should not be on an innings cap overall, it would be wise to partially limit him to begin the regular season.

In his first 6 starts Harvey should not go more than five innings or 80 pitches, slowly allowing him time to regain velocity, command and his confidence that was once so high, but is likely diminished following last season.

It will be important for the righty to have a career year, not only for the Mets postseason hopes, but if they do decide to possibly trade him next offseason.