Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said his client will be fully healthy by the start of Spring Training following season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
"You kind of rely on the doctors here, and the doctor was extremely positive about the results of what he found when he did the operation, and the relief that he gave Matt," Boras told MLB.com.
"It was really just a nerve compression. He didn't have sensation [in his fingers]. And so clearly, the procedure allowed that relief where the nerve is now free and he should have full feeling in his hand," Boras continued. "This is not like a Tommy John, where you have a ligament issue. It's really about relief of nerve compression."
Harvey will continue his rehabilitation in November at Boras' training facility in Newport Beach.
This past Sunday, Harvey posted a picture on Instagram sharing that he started his offseason throwing regime.
Harvey had surgery July 18 to remove a rib that was constricting nerves and blood vessels that travel through his shoulder -- where the rib connects to the upper spine.
"I'm doing well, coming along," Harvey said at an event in New York during September, according to the New York Daily News. "Rehab's a little slow, but it's coming along. I'm doing whatever the doctors say and it's a little bit slower than I thought, but I'm doing everything I can to get back on the field."
The surgery is designed to restore feeling in Harvey's pitching arm and fingers.
In 17 starts this season, Harvey, 27, was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA, 4.11 xFIP, 1.47 WHIP and just 76 strikeouts through 92 2/3 innings before having surgery.
According to injury expert Will Carroll, plenty of pitchers have had this surgery, which takes about six months after surgery to get back on a mound. If this is true, it makes sense that he'd be doing some light throwing now, likely rest again, then start ramping things up to throw off a mound just in time for when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February.
As agent Scott Boras said this past summer, this would partially explain why Harvey's mechanics had been off earlier this season, which spiralled down especially after the blood clot issue in March. It was a terrible few months for Harvey. The Mets need him to be successful. Hopefully, this is the last medical issue he has to overcome so he can stay strong and focused, and return to being the dominant pitcher he was a year ago.