The future of the Mets franchise took a severe hit today as it was announced Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and may need the dreaded Tommy John Surgery.
Harvey complained of fatigue and discomfort in his elbow following his 102-pitch outing on Saturday against the Tigers. He underwent an MRI today at the Hospital of Special Surgery in Manhattan which revealed the injury. The Mets are placing him on the DL with rest being recommended for now.
So far this season, the 24-year-old was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and he was leading the National League with 191 strikeouts. Harvey was the All-Star game starter for the National League squad in July.
If Harvey does need the surgery, he will not only miss the rest of this season, but all of next season as well. The Mets were poised to spend a lot of money this off-season building around a starting rotation that included Harvey, Zach Wheeler, Jon Neise, and Dillon Gee.
With Harvey potentially out of the picture for next season, a once exciting situation in Queens could turn disappointing, something that has become routine among Mets fans.
In defense of the Mets, there was nothing the organization could have done to avoid this. The Nationals were very careful with Stephen Strasburg, but he still ended up needing Tommy John Surgery. The Mets were more lenient with Harvey, but it appears he will see the same thing Strasburg experienced in 2010.
Mets fans shouldn’t lose all hope with Harvey though, there is a chance surgery can be avoided with rest and rehab.