PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- An injured elbow alone is not going to keep Matt Harvey out of New York City.
Harvey and the Mets have come to an agreement allowing the right-hander to rehab from Tommy John surgery at Citi Field, according to multiple reports. The Mets will allow Harvey to remain with the team until he is ready to ramp up his rehab program later this summer, according to the reports, at which point he will travel back down to Port St. Lucie.
Through a team spokesman, general manager Sandy Alderson declined comment. The Mets have not confirmed the location of Harvey's rehab.
Alderson made it clear earlier this spring that he preferred to have Harvey work out in Port St. Lucie, where most of the organization's rehab infrastructure is located. Nearly every rehabbing Met, including fellow Tommy John patient Jeremy Hefner, works at the team's Spring Training complex in Florida.
But Harvey lives full-time in Manhattan and said that he relishes the opportunity to be with and learn from his big league teammates. He also has Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement on his side, stipulating that the Mets cannot force him to rehab in Florida for more than 20 days without his written permission.
Harvey hopes to return to the Mets in September, though Opening Day 2015 is a more realistic estimate.