Harvey Makes Return, But Falls to Cardinals

Matt Harvey. Alex Brandon/AP

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey made his return to the mound on Sunday, but it was his only victory of the day.

The Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 14–11 at First Data Field on Sunday in Grapefruit League action.

The matchup was Harvey’s first game since undergoing surgery to remove a rib due to thoracic outlet syndrome last July.

“Overall, I’m happy with some of the pitches I made,” Harvey said. “I’m happy with the way I felt, the way the ball was coming out.”

Harvey pitched 1.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits including a homerun. He recorded three strikeouts.

“Coming back from Tommy John (surgery) was a little different story,” Harvey said. “I was pumped up for that one. The biggest thing for me is just going out there more and more and getting used to facing other teams. The velo will come.”

Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-2 for the Mets, hitting a homerun in the first inning. He finished with two runs, and is batting 0.538 this spring.

Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-3 at the plate with two hits and one RBI for the Cardinals.

Steven Matz will get the start for New York on Monday as the team faces the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Marlins.

The Cardinals will take on the Minnesota Twins on Monday, with John Grant starting.

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