NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:06 AM
Matt Harvey, who missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has been named the National League Comeback Player of the Year after helping the Mets reach the World Series.
The righthander went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA over 29 starts in 2015.
“Matt Harvey did an extraordinary job for us this year. We had a couple of bumps along the way, but the fact is he pitched exceptionally well coming off his injury,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday when vaguely asked if he planned to trade the righthander. “He pitched exceptionally deep into the season coming off his injury, and I think demonstrated his commitment to the team and willingness to go the extra mile for the organization and his teammates.”
Harvey threw 189.1 innings, allowing 62 runs (57 earned) on 156 hits with 37 walks and 188 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .222 average.He threw 27 more innings as the Mets won the National League pennant and played in their first World Series since 2000.
The 216 innings is the most ever by a pitcher in his first season back from Tommy John, eclipsing John Lackey’s 215 innings in 2013.
Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2013, forcing him to miss the entire 2014 season. He came back strong in 2015, winning his first five outings to become the fifth player in franchise history to do so— the first since Pedro Martinez in 2006.
The Rangers’ Prince Fielder won the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Both awards are “presented annually to one player in each League who has re-emerged on the field during the season.”