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Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't want rehabbing pitcher Matt Harvey to overdo it as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey is the key to the Mets pitching staff moving into 2015 as the team continues to work towards their goal of getting back into the playoffs.

"No. 1, he's a tremendous competitor," Collins said. "That being said, he's a bulldog at the same time. There's no backing down with Matt Harvey -- for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He's feeling good."

Harvey has continuously said that he wants to pitch by the end of the season, but Collins believes he shouldn't do anything to ruin 2015.

"He wants to try to get back here to help," Collins said about Harvey. "And I explained to him, 'I understand that. But...you have got to understand the big picture. And the big picture is 2015. So back off.' ...Now, does he get it? You'd have to ask him. I mean, I can't answer that for him. I just trust him. I just trust him that he gets it. So we'll see."

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