“After further consultation with doctors, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has elected to have surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow,” the Mets announced in a statement.
“Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery later this month.”
According to Adam Rubin, Harvey reached the surgery decision without ever going to the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the planned throwing program. He recently had been getting physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Mets officials, gathered for planning meetings this week at the team’s Florida complex, expected this result and had been plotting their offseason strategy to pursue starting pitching figuring Harvey would be unavailable.
This announcement will now allow the Mets to proceed with their offseason without any lingering doubts about Harvey’s status for next season.
We wish Matt the best and thank him for all the thrills he provided us this season and last…
Thoughts From Satish R.
Well, that certainly sucks, but at least we know early… I’m still down about the whole situation, honestly. 2014 could work out to be where that open spot in the rotation can be used to battle test Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard at some point. I’m looking forward to seeing what could be the finished product in 2015…although there’s nothing to say we couldn’t make a run for a wild card in ’14. I’m just anticipating this is going to be used as an excuse for punting an offseason.