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John Buck comforting Matt Harvey is kinda sweet

Aug 27, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Matt Harvey is gonna come back after Tommy John surgery and he’s going to be good and he’s going to make millions because he’s super talented and because Tommy John surgery is far closer to the routine these days than it used to be. That said, his torn UCL diagnosis is sad and Harvey is understandably upset about it.

Thank goodness, then, he has a catcher who understands and hugs him and makes him feel better:



Video of the consoling moment here.

  1. stevequinn - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Nice to have a guy like Buck understand Harvey’s probable depression over his injury. Harvey needs to realize it’s not the end of the World. Most pitchers return from TJ surgery stronger. Some can return in a year but history shows it takes a couple of years to really get back to where they were. Take a look at Adam Wainwright. Second season after surgery and he leads the NL in wins. Good Luck, Harvey.

    • mathieug79 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      ..I hope he makes a full recovery, but for the sake of the hitters (who were mostly overmatched already) I hope he doesn’t come back stronger.. I hope he comes back his old self :)

      • michaelle123 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        what Marcus implied I didn’t know that a stay at home mom able to get paid $4252 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read …????

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      As a fine reward for his compassion, Buck just got traded to the Pirates where he will probably get to play in the playoffs.

      • lingerie00yardsale - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        ….Or console 24 fellow Pirates, the front office, and tens of thousands of Pirate fans when they miss the playoffs.

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I must be the only Mets fan who isn’t acting like this is the end of the world. Harvey will be back and will be fine, and all the “Mets are cursed” crap is really infuriating. No one has any sense of perspective, it seems. But what else is new?

  3. rickdobrydney - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    What’s NOT sweet is that Alderson said he knew about an arm issue with Harvey in spring training and Collins says he knew nothing about it —– NOT sweet—- what a dysfunctional organization—-

    • number42is1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      THIS ^^^^^^^^ X 1,000,000,000,000

      Alderson Should be Fired, Sued, and hanged! OK… maybe i was a little harsh there.. he doesn’t HAVE To be sued. but what a bunch of self centered assholes. By their own admission they knew about his discomfort BEFORE the allstar game but didn’t tell the manager until yesterday morning. Harvey deserves better than this.

      • baseballici0us - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        He’s been having discomfort since High School. To the point where they are waiting to see if he actually has scar tissue around his elbow and could actually rehab it. If he does have a significant amount of scar tissue it means that he probably suffered the injury years ago and somehow, miraculously pitched through it.

        deep breaths 42, deep breaths…it’ll be ok.

      • number42is1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        I’m a yankees fan but hearing that press conference from yesterday just really pissed me off.

      • baseballici0us - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        You said it….doesn’t matter what team you’re a fan of….If you love baseball, which all of us here should, the news sucked.

      • forsch31 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        As baseballci0us said, Harvey most likely has had a tear since high school. Adam Wainwright’s injury also dates back to his high school days, when he first sprained (tore) the ligament. Cardinals knew about the tear he pitched with for his entire professional career, and he still pitched 200 plus innings in 2007, 2009, and 2010, before having to undergo Tommy John in 2011.

        Unless a tear is serious enough to require reconstruction, that’s usually what happens. The pitcher pitches with it as long as he can, until it gets to a point where he needs the surgery.

      • number42is1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        what about the fact that they “looked into it” before the All Star break and 1) did not inform the gddamn manager and 2) didn’t shut him down right away due to the fact that they were basically out of the race already?

    • mrznyc - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Sell, Fred sell

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Awwwww. That’s so cute.

  5. shanabartels - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s easy for us to say “it’s just 12 months” because it’s not happening to us personally. If a doctor told me that I was (most likely) about to get a piece of my leg surgically removed and inserted into my arm, and consequently I’d have to spend a few weeks on crutches and teach myself to brush my teeth and comb my hair and do every other stupid mundane task left-handed for a while, I would find that stressful, even if I were getting paid MLB-level salary in the meantime. It’s probably a little overwhelming to be told that’s what your next 12 months will be like. Good on Buck for being supportive.

  6. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    So THAT’S how it is in their clubhouse!

  7. deafrecon - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    in the video still at the link, harvey looks like a beefy elijah wood.

  8. Jonny 5 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    His name is John Buck, and he does give a _____!

  9. romoscollarbone - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Teammates are the one thing you truly miss out on, when you transition to the working world.

  10. provguard - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    The Mets may be a mess now, but they have some young guys who are going to make some serious noise in the next 2 or 3 years… Problem??? Yeah, the manager and especially the GM.

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