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Matt Harvey has the final call on whether he has Tommy John surgery

Sep 4, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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That’s what Sandy Alderson says anyway:

“I think he’s got most of the control,” Alderson told WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “I mean, it’s his body. He ultimately decides what’s in his best interest. All we can do is advise and recommend.”

Which, to be fair, is how you, I and every other adult makes medical decisions. Of course our medical decisions usually don’t affect our employer as much as Harvey’s will so you might expect a little stronger input on the part of the Mets.

Based on all my years of medical training and, also, a lot of anecdotal b.s. I’ve read (you decide which weighs more heavily), I’d be somewhat surprised if Harvey doesn’t opt for surgery. He’s young. The overall success rate of Tommy John patients compared to rehab patients is favorable. The Mets aren’t likely to make a playoff run with or without him in 2014. It just seems to push that way.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Of course he has the final say. Any company who tries to make an employee have surgery against their will isn’t going to get very far.

    • blacksables - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      What does his contract say? And can it be voided if he refuses team-mandated treatment?

      • Kevin S. - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        I’m pretty sure no employer contract can override patient health rights.

      • blacksables - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Never spent time in the military, did you?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Property of the US govt is a whole other ballgame.

      • blacksables - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        I got the hut-two, occupation-G.I. Blues.

      • deep64blue - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Standard MLB contract makes it clear that it’s the players decision in the end, Alderson is simply stating a fact.

      • jwbiii - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Never spent time in the military, did you?

        So you’re saying they need a better union?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Any company who tries to make an employee have surgery against their will is open to spend some serious time in both criminal and civil courts of law.

    • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Reminds me of a story Brad Dourif tells about the first time he met David Lynch. He was meeting him for lunch in a cafe in Beverly Hills to discuss his upcoming role in Blue Velvet, and other actor friends had warned him that Lynch was a bit….eccentric. So, a little nervous, Dourif went to the meeting. The oddly regarded director was waiting at their table, the very image of yuppiedom – relaxed and well groomed in a cashmere sweater, polyester slacks, pennyloafers, horn rimmed glasses, crew cut. They spoke in very professional terms about the film, Dourif’s role and the set location for an hour or so, and the actor said he was wondering what on Earth about this polite, pleasant, relentlessly competent guy could possibly have freaked his friends out. Then, as they were finishing up dessert and coffee, Lynch leaned back and regarded Dourif intently for a moment. “So tell me,” the director asked, “what do you think about actors having surgery for their roles?”

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    • prmallon5600 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Is there a way we can get rid of this guy??

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