After everyone assumed the New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey would be on the operating table for Tommy John surgery and likely out for the 2014 season, he’s come back from the dead and may play in a matter of months. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Harvey might pitch as soon as this fall, in the Arizona Fall League, organized to give prospects and injured players additional at bats and innings beyond the regular major and minor league seasons. Tailor-made to figure out if his damaged ulnar collateral ligament can hold up.
A huge story during the first two-thirds of the Major League Baseball season was the rise of 24-year-old New York Mets pitching phenom Matt Harvey. With little expectation for a playoff run, Harvey became a Gotham sensation as he threw gem after gem, reminding many older fans of a young Tom Seaver. His rise was punctuated with an All-Star game start in the Mets’ own Citi Field, in which he threw two scoreless frames with three strikeouts.
Unfortunately, the dream season became a nightmare when Harvey experienced elbow problems after his August 24 start and was shut down for the season. Then came the Tommy John surgery diagnosis, twisting the proverbial knife already in the Mets gut. With this uplifting news, perhaps long-suffering Mets fans, and general fans of baseball will get to see Harvey pitch in 2014. It would be a treat for all.
- David Whitlock