As Matt Harvey threw his final warmup pitches before his second rehab start began, a personalized graphic played on the MCU Park scoreboard. Featured on the big screen was a “M” with “HARVEY” written underneath it. The logo looked similar to that of Batman and the video package that played reminded spectators of a movie trailer.
Great moments from Harvey’s past played while Jay-Z’s raps scored the highlights. Like when helped get the New York Mets to a World Series and won the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year. The video showed the Matt Harvey he once was—the Matt Harvey he is trying to be again.
“Going out there,” Harvey said to reporters after his outing. “Really getting the rhythm back, getting the timing. You come down and feel great. You never know how things are gonna go. It’s a feel thing, it’s a mechanic thing.”
On the mound, Harvey wore the Mets logo on his right sleeve while his teammates battled the rival New York Yankees over in Queens. Gotham’s Dark Knight began his outing with an eight-pitch first, starting every batter with a strike. He topped out at 94 miles per hour through his 36 pitches.
Garret Copeland reached second after a single and a wild pitch in the second. With a quick spin and throw, Harvey picked off Copeland to end the frame. In his third and final inning, Harvey shone. If Aberdeen’s lineup has a weakness, it’s the bottom three batters and Harvey handled them with ease. With his last batter of the night, Harvey struck out Jean Carrillo on a slider that clipped the outside part of the plate. As the Cyclones walked off the field, Carrillo stood at the plate and shook his head.
“I definitely look forward to my next outing,” Harvey said. “Keep the rhythm going from the first inning on, really build up the arm strength.”
During his press conference, Harvey was asked if would give any advice to minor league pitchers and he displayed a perspective not seen in his young, but prosperous career.
“Baseball season is a grind,” he said. “The biggest thing is you work hard every day and get your stuff done. I took for granted a lot of… whether it’s small things you make look past: arm or really taking care of your body. It’s something I’d definitely suggest.”
Harvey returned to the Cyclone locker room after speaking to the media, taking one step closer to his return to where he once was.