User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Mets ace Harvey throws from 120 feet

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets ace Matt Harvey took the next step in his rehabilitation from right elbow surgery, increasing his throwing distance Friday from 90 to 120 feet.

Harvey said his target date for throwing off a mound is June 10.

''Any sort of progress we're making - obviously right now it's being able to move back and throw from a greater distance - is a step in the right direction,'' he said.

The right-hander said he makes 20 throws at a time from the rehab distance but needs many more as he warms up. While he feels ready to ramp up the rehab and would like to pitch in a major league game this season, Harvey understands the journey back is a long one and he is following the protocol.

Harvey had Tommy John surgery Oct. 22, about two months after New York said the first-time All-Star had a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Recovery from that injury generally takes 12 to 18 months.

The plan is for Harvey is to throw at 120 feet for three weeks then move back to 150 feet off flat ground before he throws from the mound.

''The process is right where it needs to be and I'm extremely happy with how everything feels and how everything is going,'' he said. ''I'm excited to move forward.''

Also, the Mets recalled shortstop Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and inserted him into the starting lineup for their series opener against Philadelphia.

''Don't mistake it, we hope that Wilmer gives us some offense but he's got to catch the baseball, too,'' manager Terry Collins said.

Flores, who was signed as a shortstop but played the other three infield positions the last two years, has committed seven errors in 25 games at shortstop with Las Vegas this year. Collins said Flores' problem has been throwing the ball to first base.

Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment to make room for Flores.

The Mets hope Flores can lift their sagging offense, which hadn't scored in 23 innings entering Friday and was ranked near the bottom of the NL in slugging percentage (.332) and on-base percentage (.300). The Mets were tied with San Diego for the league worst in homers with 20.

The 22-year-old Flores was batting .307 with five homers and 25 RBIs for the 51s.

First baseman Lucas Duda was out of the lineup Friday because of the stomach flu.

Starting shortstop Ruben Tejada is hitting .183 with two extra-base hits and 21 strikeouts in 82 at_bats. Quintanilla batted .207 with one extra-base hit in 29 at_bats.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Zylbert: Friday's Playoff Tip Sheet
News: 2015 Playoff Results
Royals rally, beat Astros 5-4 in Game 2
Rangers beat Jays in 14th, lead ALDS 2-0
Benches clear in ALDS Game 2
Jays' Cecil tears calf, could be done
Mariners fire McClendon after 2 seasons
Yanks' Girardi defends handling of team
New GM sets tone for retooling Brewers
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
17-4 L21 G-Plays, +2,379 TY
6-2, +397 MLB Win Streak
4-0 +500 Last 4, +1,413 TY
+1,442 Guaranteed Plays TY
4-1, +320 Last 5 Selections
2-0 +338 Y'day, +1,212 G-Plays TY
8-4 Last 12 MLB Selections
2-0 L2 Picks, 7-3 L10 G-Plays
3-1 L4 Picks, +1,892 G-Plays TY
3-0, +305 Playoffs Record
5-2 Last 7 Guarantees
9-1 L10 Run, 14-4 L18 Totals
NCAAFB College Football Season Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2379
Scott Pritchard + 1413
Vince Akins + 1305
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1048
Dave Cokin + 992
Doc's Sports + 555
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 571
Marc Lawrence + 190
The Gold Sheet + 185
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1892
Vince Akins + 1442
Jimmy Boyd + 1290
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2387
Mark Franco + 1698
Vince Akins + 1646
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 646
Stephen Nover + 633
Chip Chirimbes + 434
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership