Filling in for Harvey

Six days after undergoing Tommy John surgery, New York Mets righthander Matt Harvey attended the Rangers’ NHL home opener at Madison Square Garden Monday night and painted a positive picture regarding his recovery.

“I am working hard at the rehab and I feel like I am ahead of schedule,” Harvey told the New York Daily News.

The Mets do not see, prepared to let the All-Star righthander pitch in 2014, no matter how well he progresses in 2014. That would put them in the market for a back-of-the-rotation starter behind Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler. At this stage, the Mets seem reluctant to begin 2014 with top prospects Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard in the rotation.

The Mets gave what amounted to late-season season tryouts to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang in 2013, and either could be signed to a minor league deal entering spring training.

The Mets could also consider a one-year deal for Dan Haren, who had a 4.67 ERA in 31 outings for the Nationals.