New York Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Throws Batting Practice
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 09: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on June 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New York Mets starter Matt Harvey takes his next step towards a return as he threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

The New York Mets tweeted a video of injury-plagued starting pitcher Matt Harvey throwing batting practice at Citi Field.

Harvey has been out since June with a broken bone in his shoulder. The break was the result of a stress fracture as opposed to a single blow from, say, a line drive or an impact such as a fall.

Harvey throwing from the mound to live hitters is a huge step in the right direction. The shoulder is clearly healing well and it shouldn’t be long until Harvey is able to begin a rehab assignment.

The next step in the rehab, assuming he has no setbacks as a result of throwing off the mound, is to begin throwing simulated games. Harvey will probably need to go to St. Lucie to throw those before he begins a rehab assignment. There is about a month remaining in the minor league season — if Harvey hopes to return to the Mets this September, he’ll have to find his way to MiLB.

Assuming there are no setbacks, Harvey should be able to complete a rehab assignment and rejoin the rotation in September. However, the ultimate goal is to have him back in 2018, and the team won’t rush him back.

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