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Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

Oct 4, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

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Matt Harvey and the Mets put off a decision on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, hoping that rest and rehab would do the trick, but today the team announced that the 24-year-old right-hander will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

Dr. James Andrews will do the honors later this month, meaning Harvey is all but certain to miss all of next season. He likely would have missed most or all of next year even if he immediately went under the knife upon learning of the injury, so Harvey’s return timetable hasn’t really changed.

As recently as two weeks ago Harvey was slated for a 6-8 week throwing program to test the strength of his elbow and general manager Sandy Alderson was even talking about possibly having him participate in the Arizona Fall League. That’s all a moot point now, though.

Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and is ready to go in April of 2015.

  1. skipperxc - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Upshot: 18 months of recovery time, since the odds of the Mets playing meaningful ball next September are so low there won’t be any need to rush him back.

    • flamethrower101 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I can only imagine the irony if by September of next year the Mets are actually in contention for Wild Card. The media circus (or the team) will surely pressure Harvey to intensify his rehab so he gets back in time to help the Mets down the stretch.

      Seeing as that’s highly unlikely (though to be fair most of us, myself included, said that about the Oakland A’s and they responded with two straight AL West titles) Harvey is making the smart choice here.

  2. tigers182 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    If you’re a great young pitcher, just plan on having TJ surgery by your 3rd season.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    And makeup can easily hide the scar while’s shooting nude layouts for Playgirl.

    • bbk1000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Just don’t look at the scar when you purchase it…….

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Well played. LOL

  4. sincitybonobo - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Tough decision, I’m sure, but it was the smart one.

    But, I’m really here to talk about Qualcomm…

  5. xdj511 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    At least he came to his senses. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

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