Eric Gagne hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Sept. 25, 2008, but the former National League Cy Young winner wants to make a comeback.
Fresh off a surprisingly impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic, the 41-year-old right-hander has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.
According to the New York Daily News, “You could feel the sense of disappointment in the (Port St. Lucie) crowd, no matter how early it may be on the baseball calendar.”
A scout told the Daily News, “I was surprised his fastball didn’t have a little more life.”
In a separate piece in the newspaper, scouts said that it looked like Harvey was “throwing across his body, dragging down his arm speed on his fastball.”
While Harvey said he was satisfied with his 39-pitch outing and Best Cheap Jerseys From China that he is dealing with a stiff neck, he tempered expectations he has for himself, saying after the game, “Honestly, I don’t have any. I just want to make every start.”
Upon his return from Tommy John surgery two years ago, Harvey’s first pitched clocked in at 99 mph.
But it’s early March and way too early for Mets fans to freak out. Harvey has plenty of time to get stronger before the regular season starts.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “As long as he felt good about it, we’re on the right track.”