According to a tweet from SNY, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who was in the third week of his rehab program in an effort to avoid surgery on the partially torn UCL in his elbow, has abandoned his attempt. Instead of pushing further, Harvey has elected to have Tommy John surgery.
Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger tweeted that the surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews later this month, but an exact date has yet to be announced.
The recovery time for Tommy John surgery is generally around a year, so it’s expected that Harvey will miss most, if not all of the 2014 season.
After Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in late August, it was expected that Tommy John surgery would be the likely outcome.
However, a few weeks ago, Harvey had a favorable exam with Dr. James Andrews and chose to try rehab. According to Adam Rubin, Harvey made the decision to opt for surgery before he even attempted the prescribed throwing program.
This hurts. There’s no way to sugarcoat it.
Harvey became one of the best pitchers in baseball this past season, and being without him for an extended period of time is an unfortunate thing. This stings a bit more since there was a recent ray of hope that Harvey might be able to avoid surgery.
What this isn’t, is an excuse for the front office or fans to give up on the 2014 season. While Harvey is incredible, he’s just one person. Harvey being out shouldn’t preclude the Mets from improving the team offensively.
Additionally, the fact that the team knows now that Harvey can’t be counted on for 2014, means they can proceed with their offseason with clarity. They’ll almost certainly sign a free agent pitcher to help fill the void, and I expect they’ll be extra careful when it comes to potentially dealing any of their high upside starting pitchers for offense.
Get well soon, Matt.