Harvey set for first spring start on March 6

Harvey set for first spring start on March 6

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Matt Harvey will take a significant step forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery on March 6, when he is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. It will be Harvey's first live game action since Aug. 24, 2013, also against Detroit.

Dillon Gee will open Grapefruit League play for the Mets on Wednesday, followed by Bartolo Colon and Harvey on March 5 and 6, respectively. Jacob deGrom and Matt Bowman will start the two halves of New York's split-squad games on March 7, Steven Matz will pitch March 8 against the Red Sox, Jon Niese will start March 9 and Zack Wheeler will go on March 10.

Harvey, 25, underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2013. Though the Mets have not yet announced their regular-season rotation, manager Terry Collins has said that he wants Harvey to pitch one of the team's first five games.

Harvey is 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA over parts of two big league seasons.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.