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New York Mets ace Matt Harvey elects for Tommy John surgery

  • David Whitlock

After much speculation that perhaps New York Mets phenom pitcher Matt Harvey could rehab his elbow without surgery, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson disclosed today that his ace pitcher will be headed for the knife.  According to Adam Rubin, Harvey came to the conclusion himself:

“Based on the conversations that I had with both of the doctors, I felt this would be the right decision,” Alderson said. “So in that sense I’m happy Matt has reached the same conclusion.”

The surgery on Harvey’s partially torn ulnar collateral ligament would sideline him for the entire 2014 season.  A season in which the team is not expected to be favored to compete for the division, so, again, prudence is wise.  Harvey was nearing a rehab regimen that would have started throwing soon, so the decision was timely.

Credit: NY Daily News/Tim Farrell

Harvey chooses surgery, 2014 season lost
Credit: NY Daily News/Tim Farrell

Harvey had a banner 2013 season, finishing at 9-5 in 26 starts, with a 2.27 ERA, good for 3rd in the National League behind 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and likely rookie of the year, Jose Fernandez.  Harvey also had the opportunity to start the All-Star Game at the Mets home, Citi Field.

Best wishes for a fast recovery and here’s hoping Harvey comes back stronger than ever after the surgery.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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