Matt Harvey returns to the mound on Sunday

Matt Harvey is ready to make his return to the mound in the Grapefruit League as the Mets host the Cardinals in Port St Lucie, FL. The game is scheduled for 1:05 PM and can be watched on MLB.TV.

Harvey’s 2016 season was cut short when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, undergoing surgery to remove a rib to correct the issue. “Last season was kind of a struggle,” Harvey said when interviewed on Saturday. “Obviously, I want to help this team and contribute as much as I can, and that starts Sunday. I couldn’t feel better.” His goal is to return to the form that saw him pitching in the World Series in 2015 and his All-Star season in 2013.

Collins on Harvey’s return

Manager Terry Collins wants Harvey to take it slow and doesn’t want him to over do it in his return. “He’s had some very, very good bullpen sessions,” Collins said. “I don’t want him to overthrow. I just want him to get out there and get himself in some rhythm where he throws strikes. “I know that he feels good about where he’s at right now, and I just want him to carry it into tomorrow.”

Everybody is anxious to see what Harvey can do on Sunday. Mets fans hope their ace can take them to another World Series appearance. It all starts Sunday at First Data Field, although Harvey admitted he needs until close to Opening Day to know how much progress he has made.

–Al Milian