Matt Harvey and the Mets disagree on his recovery plan and media access

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Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsMatt Harvey is going through a long recovery process after Tommy John surgery. He and the Mets disagree on where and how he should go about it, as well as how accessible he should be with the media.

From Andy Martino of the NY Daily News:
“He’s alright, Jay [Horowitz, Mets PR director],” Harvey said. “Jay, he’s alright.”
“What?” I said to Horwitz.
“I’ll talk to you later,” Horwitz said to me.
“OK,” I said, but Horwitz did not move.
“He’s good, Jay,” Harvey said again. “He’s good. If somebody at the top needs to talk, I’ll talk to him.”
“You’re causing me some problems,” Horwitz said to me.
“OK,” I said, then turned back to Harvey.
“Are you writing something?” Horwitz said. “Can I –”
Harvey said, “Jay, if somebody needs to talk to the Players’ Association, I have a right to have him writing about me.”

Apparently, the Mets don't want Harvey discussing his rehab and recovery with the media, despite the fact that everyone knows Harvey will be out for the entire season, and the Tommy John surgery and recovery process are pretty much common knowledge at this point.

Harvey also disagrees with the Mets' plan for his recovery and rehabilitation process. The team wants him to rehab in Florida, but Harvey wants to be in New York.
"I have worked so hard to get to the point where I was, and all of a sudden I get hurt, and it’s ‘you’ve got to stay in Florida, you’ve got to disappear from New York, you’ve got to do this.’ I took pride in living in New York, and being a New Yorker."

It looks like the Mets and Harvey have quite a different point of view on both issues, and it could cause some dissension later when the Mets attempt to sign Harvey to a long-term deal after his arbitration period is over. We'll see if it makes it more difficult to retain him, or if he takes advantage of his new-found freedom and bolts. The Mets aren't the only team where he could take pride in being a New Yorker.
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