The New York Mets MLB team got some bad news when they learned their right-hander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow on Monday. The chances of Harvey pitching again this season are slim to none, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Tommy John surgery may be required, although a decision will wait two to three weeks, until swelling subsides and a clearer assessment of the extent of the tear can be determined.
Harvey is hoping to avoid surgery by working to strengthen the area around where the tear occurred, but Alderson says that the season ending surgery could be the only option. Tommy John surgery generally requires a 12-month recovery time and would cost Harvey most, if not all, of the 2014 season.
“Doctors will always tell you that if you could avoid surgery you should,” Alderson said. “However, we have had situations in the past — not just here, but across baseball — where the conservative approach doesn’t work, and what you end up with is a loss of time and therefore a delay in recovery. That all has to be taken into account. We’re all aware of what [a] delay might cause, and so we will be monitoring the situation. And I’m sure Matt will be making a decision in conjunction with us that takes that into account.”