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Matt Harvey will visit with Dr. James Andrews this week

Sep 8, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch on Sunday morning that starter Matt Harvey will see Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.

Harvey has maintained that he wants to avoid surgery and rehab his torn ulnar collateral ligament instead, even suggesting to fans that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2014 season. But a torn UCL diagnosis pretty much always leads to the Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure and Andrews happens to be the world-leader in performing them.

Alderson said last week that the decision to undergo  Tommy John surgery will ultimately come down to Harvey because “it’s his body” and he “ultimately decides what’s in his best interest.”

Harvey, 24, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in his first 237 2/3 major league innings.

  1. aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Dr. Andrews is like the grim reaper for elbows.

  2. losanginsight - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Dr. Andrews is a career saver. Harvey should have it now and be ready for 2015. Chad Billingsly had a partial tear too and it ended up tearing.

  3. Walk - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Great surgeon. That said if you go to a car dealer and ask them if they think your car is gonna last a few more years what are the odds of getting them to tell you to keep your clunker with the bad wheel. Couple years of payments and you will be breaking the speed limit in no time. No time being one to two years.

  4. sfm073 - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Just get it over with and have the surgery. Has anyone ever just rehabbed a injury like this and never had a problem again?

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      He’s only costing himself money. This surgery will be required sometime in the future. The longer he waits, the closer her gets to arbitration with a bad wheel.

  5. punksinplay - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    This sucks!

  6. henryd3rd - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    He had a consultation with Doc Holladay from Philadelphia he told him that he could return to normal by rehabbing the injury. He should know he’s a “real doctor”. What more does one need to know?

  7. mtr75 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I’m surprised the Mets didn’t send him to some free clinic in El Salvador for treatment. They have the worst medical staff in professional sports.

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