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Harvey aims for 5-7 starts this season

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey, who plans to get on a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery on June 10, wants to make five to seven starts for the Mets this season.

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

#33 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

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"Of course, I won't do it unless I'm cleared to do it," Harvey told Sports Illustrated, "but I want to pitch before the year ends. I want to make five, six, seven starts this year. I asked [the training staff], 'If I want to come back in August, when do I need to start throwing off a mound?' They said June 10. So that's what we have penciled in right now. That's the plan.

"I feel great. I don't feel any soreness now. The ball is coming out of my hand great."

Harvey added that he will make adjustments. He normally threw his fastball and slider with game intensity between starts, but told the magazine he will back off the throttle during future bullpen sessions. He also plans to pitch at a heavier weight -- about 240 pounds, 20 more than in the past.

"It's funny, but when I was leaner I would have some soreness in my body after I pitched," Harvey told SI. "Now, being heavier, I feel great. After I do my work there's no soreness at all."

Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, so he is eyeing a return roughly 10 months after surgery, which is quicker than average.