KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Matt Harvey's first appearance of spring training was more low key than a year ago.
That's just fine with Harvey.
The right-hander went three innings in his first appearance since Game 5 of the World Series as the New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday.
"It's nice not hearing 'How does your arm feel?' all the time," said Harvey, who was coming back from Tommy John surgery and a 19-month recovery period last spring training.
He threw 24 of 41 pitches for strikes and surrendered three hits, walked two and gave up one run.
"Last year, I was pretty excited to get back in there and let it all out," Harvey said. "This spring training, I definitely think we all realize that there's still a lot of time to go and work to be done to get where you need to be."
The Mets scored three runs in the fourth against prospect Sean Newcomb. Juan Lagares had a two-run single and Marc Krauss brought home another run with a hit to left.
Atlanta rallied with a two-run ninth against Zack Thornton. Emilio Bonifacio won it with a two-out, run-scoring single to center.