Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery

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Per a tweet from the Mets, starting pitcher Matt Harvey underwent successful Tommy John surgery today in Gulf Breeze, Florida.  The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

Harvey, 24, was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow in late August.  He initially opted to attempt strengthening and a throwing program, but abandoned that effort before making it to the throwing phase of the program.

After a solid debut season, Harvey became one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2013, posting a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.  In 178.1 innings pitched, Harvey allowed 135 hits, walked 31, and struck out 191.  He was the starting pitcher for the National League during the All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th.  A month and a half later, the partially torn UCL ended his season.

The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 months, meaning that Harvey will likely miss most, if not all of the 2014 campaign.

Get well soon, Matt.


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