In the meantime, checked in within the past hour with a league source briefed on the situation, and received this answer on whether or not the Mets’ ace will opt for Tommy John surgery: ‘Still debating.’ This source believed that Harvey is likely to throw a baseball again before making the final decision. The Mets are being extremely tight-lipped about the situation, and would not confirm this information on any level. Stay tuned.
Harvey’s second opinion with Dr. James Andrews took place yesterday in Florida. After he was examined, the Mets tweeted that there would likely be more information available today.
It was reported yesterday that one of the things Dr. Andrews would do during his examination of Harvey was test the stability of Harvey’s elbow. If Andrews believed Harvey’s elbow to be unstable, the recommendation would’ve been for surgery.
This is of course speculation on my part based on unconfirmed information from a league source, but if Andrews had determined that Harvey’s elbow was indeed unstable, it would make absolutely no sense for Harvey to even be thinking about throwing the baseball again in an effort to avoid surgery.
If Martino’s source is accurate, and Harvey is prepared to throw again before deciding how to proceed, an assumption can be made that Andrews deemed Harvey’s elbow to be stable – or at least stable enough to suggest surgery could potentially be avoided.
As is noted above, the Mets are expected to provide more information later today. Until then, we’ll continue to wait and speculate.