Matt Harvey has been nothing but stellar this season, posting a 9-5 record with 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts. He is their rookie ace and provided a light at the end of the tunnel for the struggling franchise.
Eyebrows were raised after Harvey’s Saturday outing against Detroit when he let up a career high 13 hits over 6.2 innings. Harvey’s WHIP had been consistently below 1.00 all season, so this was very uncharacteristic.
After admitting to some forearm tightness, a problem that can be fairly typical in big league pitchers, the Mets had him undergo an MRI to be safe, where it was revealed that he had a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Though Tommy John surgery is just one of several options now, history has shown that playing through a partial UCL tear will eventually lead to Tommy John, even if that wasn’t an option at first.
If Harvey will have to undergo the surgery, which usually required 12-18 months of recovery, he would be out for the remainder of this season and likely the entirety of the 2014 season. The Mets are hopeful that he will be able to pitch at the beginning of 2015, if Tommy John is the plan of action.
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