Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League pitcher Matt Harvey (33) of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the first inning of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey to Have Tommy John Surgery Soon

UPDATE, 6:54 PM:

Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo spoke with Scott Boras, who represents Matt Harvey.  According to Boras, Harvey will have his surgery “within a week or so.” Boras noted to DiComo that the Mets were still working out the final details.

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York recently spoke with a team official who noted that the Mets were “not yet aware” when Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean a date for the operation hasn’t been set.

11 days ago, Harvey, who has a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, opted in favor of surgery after initially toying with the idea of attempting a strengthening and throwing program first.  It was reported that Harvey never began the throwing phase of that program, instead choosing to fix the issue now instead of risking an unsuccessful rehab that might have been detrimental in the long run.

Once Harvey undergoes the surgery, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, the recovery time is expected to be roughly 12 months.

It’s been written almost everywhere that Harvey is out for the entire 2014 campaign.  That may very likely turn out to be the case, but it’s not set in stone.

Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals had Tommy John surgery on September 3rd, 2010, and made his first rehab start 11 months later.  He eventually returned to the big leagues for the final month of the 2011 season.

If Harvey’s recovery goes as well as Strasburg’s, there’s an outside chance he’ll return in September of 2014.  If not, his next major league appearance will be in 2015.

 

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