Matt Harvey was back on the mound, pumping fastballs by opposing batters for the first time in more than 18 months. His first outing following elbow surgery could not have been much more impressive.

He struck out three in two perfect innings, reaching 99 miles per hour Friday in the New York Mets' 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"I felt like I never left," he said. "I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think, like I said last time, I let a few go. For the most part, I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots and felt pretty confident."

Harvey, who started for the National League in the 2013 All-Star Game, was diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament after losing to the Tigers and Max Scherzer on Aug. 24, 2013. He was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA at the time, and the injury was a crushing blow to the righthander and the Mets.

He had elbow ligament replacement surgery that Oct. 22 and spent all of 2014 rehabilitating. He threw 16 of 25 pitches for strikes.


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