Matt Harvey irked by Mets conditions for Tommy John rehab (Big League Stew)

Against the advice of team management, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey gave a one-on-one interview Tuesday morning with reporter Andy Martino of the New York Daily News . Harvey has some beefs with club big shots, particularly about where they want him to perform his rehab from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Harvey also doesn't like that the Mets moved his spring training locker into "a closet" that he shares with another rehabbing pitcher, Jeremy Hefner. But that's almost a non-issue compared to the relatively important (to Harvey) rehab location. Harvey wants to rehab in New York, with the team, among his teammates and in the context of the major league season. The Mets want him to continue working at their facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. — presumably, in part, to keep him away from the media and its obnoxious habit of asking questions. The Mets don't like Harvey talking to reporters and expressing how badly he wants to pitch at some point during the 2014 seasons. They don't want him setting unreasonable goals. They want him to use caution. He just wants to get back as soon as possible. And the best way to do that, Harvey told Martino, is to rehab in New York City: “The biggest part is wanting to stay with the team. To learn the league. To learn Travis (d’Arnaud, the catcher). To learn how to bond with the other starting pitchers, and the guys in the clubhouse, and the David Wrights who I plan on playing with.” And where does the front office stand on this? “I expressed that seven months in Port St. Lucie is a long time,” he said. “For me, I strongly felt that my best opportunity, and my motivation to come back quicker, stronger, work harder would be to be with the teammates. That’s kind of what I have always said. I have worked so hard to get to the big leagues and be with this team, it just felt like all of a sudden I was shooed to the back.” Why does he say that? “It’s just the fact that I have been not allowed to talk to anybody, and that every tweet or Instagram I send is, do not write,” Harvey said. “My locker -- me and (Jeremy Hefner, also rehabbing) was basically in a closet. I didn’t think that was right. I don’t know exactly who was in charge of the situation. [“That was a decision made by clubhouse personnel,” GM Sandy Alderson later told me].

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New York Mets: 5 Reasons Why 2013 Was a Successful Year (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets endured their fifth-straight losing season in 2013, putting together a 74-88 record. Matt Harvey starting the All-Star game Matt Harvey's first half was dominant -- in 130 innings pitched, he posted a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 147 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. Sweeping the New York Yankees

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Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball (NBC Sports)

Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

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Harvey will try to rehab elbow instead of surgery (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season.

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Matt Harvey won’t have Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow (Updated) (Big League Stew)

UPDATE : The Mets confirmed that Harvey will try to rehab his injury for now, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tommy John could still be a possibility in a few months. Sandy Alderson says "there will be no surgery immediately." Throwing program of 6 to 8 weeks and see how elbow responds. #mets — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 17, 2013 Sandy Alderson says 2015 should not be impacted, even if it ultimately is determined two months down the road Tommy John surgery is required — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 17, 2013 Check out Adam Rubin of ESPN New York's Twitter feed for more tidbits from Tuesday's press conference. ORIGINAL POST : The New York Mets are expected to announce Tuesday what injured ace Matt Harvey will do about the partially torn UCL in his right elbow. But CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has apparently beaten them to it . He is reporting that Harvey won't have surgery, but instead will attempt to rehab the injury.

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Report: Harvey opts for rehab over surgery (The SportsXchange)

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will reportedly try to rehabilitate his injured right elbow rather than undergoing Tommy John surgery, according to a CBSSports.com report.

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Mets’ Harvey sees Andrews for 2nd opinion on elbow (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Injured Mets ace Matt Harvey has been examined by Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.

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A toast to the 2013 New York Mets (Big League Stew)

Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the New York Mets. We could write something about the New York Mets, their 64-81 record, the fact that they only won 24 games at home so far this season and have an unfortunate .240 team batting average. Surely, we'd talk about the break-through performance by ace Matt Harvey and the heartbreak that followed with his elbow injury . That's certainly fodder for a toast. But as we thought about the Mets, we couldn't help but think of the most LOLMets moment of the season . It's more of a toast than any words could be.

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New York Mets: Upcoming Free Agent Shin-Soo Choo Could End Up in Queens (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Even if New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had stayed healthy throughout the 2013 MLB season, all signs indicated that the team planned to add a top outfielder in free agency this offseason.

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Injured Mets ace Harvey to visit Dr. Andrews (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets ace Matt Harvey's ailing elbow is feeling better, and the right-hander said Tuesday he is still optimistic he can avoid reconstructive surgery that would likely sideline him for all of next season.

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