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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey undergoes season-ending surgery

By Danny Abriano
Jul 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Harvey was recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome

Mets right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Monday, the team announced.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in St. Louis.

Harvey, who is expected to be ready for Spring Training, opted for surgery over an injection in his right shoulder that may have temporarily alleviated the issue. However, he would’ve needed surgery eventually regardless of how successful a potential injection was.

Often dealing with the loss of feeling in the fingertips on his right hand, Harvey posted a 4.86 ERA and 1.46 WHIP while striking out 76 batters in 92.2 innings (17 starts) this season.

Logan Verrett has taken Harvey’s spot in the rotation for the time-being, though Zack Wheeler — still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery — hopes to return at some point next month.

This season was a nightmare for Harvey, who was booed off the mound at Citi Field shortly before his diagnosis was known.

Anyone who booed Harvey should be ashamed, though the fact that they booed him in the first place might mean that they don’t have the capacity for that emotion.

In any event, with his surgery out of the way, Harvey can now focus on his recovery and returning in 2017.

As far as what the Mets do with the rotation, as long as Steven Matz (serious bone spur) and Noah Syndergaard (much less serious bone spur) remain in the rotation and effective, they can probably gamble a bit and wait until Wheeler returns and replaces Verrett.

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However, if Wheeler suffers another setback and/or the Mets lose another starting pitcher to injury in the meantime, they’ll have to turn to the trade market to address the issue.

Most of the starting pitchers available are back-end types, but even if more intriguing names became available, the Mets likely wouldn’t have the stomach to trade what it would take to acquire such a pitcher.

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