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Matt Harvey has a torn elbow ligament

Aug 26, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Oh no. Mike Francesa of WFAN radio in New York reports that Harvey has a torn UCL in his elbow, which is the injury that requires Tommy John surgery and a 12-month recovery timetable.

UPDATE #2: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. No official word yet on whether he’ll undergo surgery, but he’s headed to the disabled list.


No further details yet, but Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Mets right-hander Matt Harvey underwent an MRI exam this morning.

Harvey allowed a career-high 13 hits in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday and there had already been talk of the Mets shutting him down early to limit his workload.

Harvey has had a spectacular first full season in the majors, posting a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts while striking out a league-leading 191 batters in 178 innings and holding opponents for a .209 batting average. If not for Clayton Kershaw being so ridiculously good Harvey would likely be the NL favorite for the Cy Young award.

  1. ramblingalb - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    He’s thrown 110 or more pitches eight times in ’13…the Brewers have thrown 110+ four times this year.

  2. fearthehoody - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    This is why Bill Polian and the Dolphins front office did not have Harvey on their draft boards

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      That’s really too bad. You hate to have a great performer like Harvey knocked offstage by an injury like that. Well, Strasburg made it back. I hope Harvey will too.

    • nolasoxfan2012 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      That’s right. The Mets should have known from his low scores in high school biology that he was a TJ surgery waiting to happen!

  3. northstarsmitty - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    It’s as close as you can get to a draw, but I think Jose Fernandez deserves more favor in Cy Young voting. He has been slightly better than Harvey by the numbers. Give him a few more starts to catch up to Harvey’s inning totals, JF would turn out better across the board. He still deserves consideration vs Clayton Kershaw this season for the award

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      In 13 home starts this season, Fernandez has posted a 7-0 record and major-league-leading 1.29 ERA, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of those starts. Since going to the All-Star Game in July, Fernandez is 5-0 with a 1.33 ERA, 66 strikeouts and only 14 walks including a 3-0 record with a 0.82 ERA in August

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  4. codyclement - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    Well as if the Mets season could get any worse, the only bright spot on the team has torn his UCL and most likely will require surgery. Harvey was arguably the second best pitcher in the NL this year behind Clayton Kershaw and now he will more than likely miss the 2014 season. But hey at least the Mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla. Yikes.

    • mrznyc - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Mets are still paying Bonilla because the 8% Fred had to pay Bonilla on the deferred money was nothing compared to the 15% he was getting on the money from Bernie Madoff. Selig ran McCourt out of baseball for a lot less, why he hasn’t run Fred as well is a mystery.

  5. kev86 - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Nightmare for Mets fans. Sickening.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    The sky is officially falling in NY. There’s nothing they could have done really. They should have shut him down for Sept, but August is a bit early considering his success and the fact that no one could for see this. Best of luck recovering, come back better. Please don’t let this be another Mark Prior

  7. jaguar0413 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Welcome to my world #Nats

  8. ray0414 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    tiger fan here. i bet you new yorkers are all saying the same thing, WHY COULDNT IT HAVE BEEN MARK SANCHEZ!!!!!!!

  9. delusionalcardsfan - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Reminds me a little of Daniel Hudson for AZ in respect to the injury. Hopefully he will be able to take all of next season to recover and not rush it like Huddy. Best of luck to this poor fella!

  10. stercuilus65 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Tough break, must be Karma for an unjust all star start and all the moron Mets fans sucking his knob. You blew it tards.

  11. nymets05 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    To stercuilis65_eat shit you loser.a lot of empathy for someone having an injury that could jeopardize a career.You are the true,insensitive retard/moron!!

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