Mets’ Harvey Out for Season with Ligament Tear in Elbow; Tommy John Surgery Looms

Published on: 26th August, 2013

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New York — In a shocking development for the Mets and their fans, ace righthander, Matt Harvey was diagnosed this morning with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, the team announced Monday. He is out for the season and a decision will soon be made if he will require Tommy John surgery, which would effectively put him out for next season, as well.

This is a devastating event for a Mets organization which has been pointing to 2014 as the season in which they will be back as full contenders for a National League pennant, with Harvey one of the centerpieces of the team.

Harvey was sent Monday morning to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan after complaining of forearm discomfort following a 102-pitch start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. As part of that exam, Dr. David Altchek had Harvey undergo an MRI that revealed the UCL tear.

“Doctors will always tell you that if you could avoid surgery you should,” Alderson said. “However, we have had situations in the past — not just here, but across baseball — where the conservative approach doesn’t work, and what you end up with is a loss of time and therefore a delay in recovery. That all has to be taken into account. We’re all aware of what [a] delay might cause, and so we will be monitoring the situation. And I’m sure Matt will be making a decision in conjunction with us that takes that into account.”

Said Harvey: “I’m going to do everything I can so I don’t have to get surgery.”

It may not be up to the player, in this case, but it will depend on the degree of the tear in his elbow.

Agent Scott Boras noted the need for surgery will not be clear until the extent of the UCL tear becomes fully apparent on follow-up imaging once the swelling subsides.

“When you’re talking about the term ‘partial tear,’ you’re talking about 5 percent to 95 percent,” Boras said. “You have to get in and get the specifics and get more information medically before we can really make a determination as to what we’re dealing with. There’s a lot of swelling in there now. … I’ve had situations with no surgery. I’ve had situations where the doctors recommended surgery.”

Harvey's ligament tear in his elbow is a huge blow to the Mets

The Mets are fortunate to have good pitching depth at the major league level and young, talented power pitchers in the upper minor leagues who are approaching the beginning of their major league careers. But, Harvey is the ace of the staff and his loss is devastating.

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