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Matt Harvey tweets that he’ll be ready for Opening Day 2014

Aug 27, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

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Mets phenom Matt Harvey was diagnosed Monday morning with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and it likely will in Harvey’s case, but the 24-year-old right-hander is opting to keep Mets fans optimistic with messages on his personal Twitter account.

Here’s what Harvey sent out Tuesday afternoon:

Recovery from Tommy John surgery takes 12-15 months.

We’re betting Harvey won’t pitch for the Mets again until 2015.

  1. lingerie00yardsale - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Clearly Mr. Harvey has hired Chad Billingsley’s PR people to man his twitter account.

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  2. chill1184 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Cue the BS outrage for being a gamer

  3. sdelmonte - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    It’s not impossible. Just unlikely. And even if he can pitch on a torn UCL, unwise.

    But he isn’t looking to despair, is he?

    • paperlions - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Wainwright had a partially torn UCL for years, it never got worse, until finally, it did.

      Teams don’t usually do MRIs for no reason…many think that if MRIs were done on the elbows of veteran pitchers, you’d see some level of damage/fraying/tear in the UCL of every single one. If the tear minor enough, it is possible he could pitch with it for a while before it is an issue…the question is just if you want to risk surgery now and possibly never be the same, or ride it out as long as possible and then risk surgery when there is no other option. For the player, riding it out is probably optimal…for the team, doing it now so he has a nice long time to recover before ST 2015.

  4. Stiller43 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    All he said is he’ll be back april 1. Clearly he’ll get on the mound as an april fools joke.

  5. jwbiii - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I’ll bet that he will be able to set room service dishes out in the hall by April 1, and that pitching will take a little longer.

  6. Gordon - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Maybe he’s bad at math

  7. 13arod - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Its called rehab people

  8. raynman49 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Slow down Matt. PLEASE. Have the surgery and come back in ’15.

  9. dondada10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt pitched 2014 left-handed until his elbow recovers. Kid’s all heart.

  10. Kevin S. - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I’m a little surprised at all the people already saying 2015. Obviously it depends on how the rehab goes, but Strasburg was injured at basically the same time in 2010 and was back right after Labor Day in 2011. If he’s ready to pitch, why not bring him back?

  11. bigzant82 - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    smh can my ny mets get break at all?? injuries smh guess we will never get a franchise star again i dnt count wright as a franchise face he can barely hit 25 homers a year now

    • nategearhart - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      25 home runs is a very weird criterion for “franchise face”. You realize that Wright has been having one of his very best seasons, right? Also, it’s not like Matt Harvey would ever hit 25 home runs, either.

      • bigzant82 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        ya right but wright is barely able too hit 20 home runs and get 100 rbi’s now

    • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      No kidding. Shaking my damn head. David Wright is a true let down. I mean, the poor bastard has only literally averaged 26+ home runs a year and has hit north of .301 average for an entire decade.

      David Wright has been the silver lining for Mets baseball for quite some time.

      • bigzant82 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        dat silver lining has not got us in the playoffs in a while

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  14. buffalo65 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    I believe he’ll be back next year, pitch a month then miss all of 2014 and part of 2015

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