The future of the New York Mets franchise, Matt Harvey, is taking the aggressive approach of attempting to rehab his slightly torn UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in his elbow, instead of undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Harvey was examined by the one and only Dr. James Andrews who Harvey said, “Believed everything was stable”.
Harvey also said in a ESPN SportsCenter interview:
“Obviously the MRI showed a slight tear. But the way that I feel, the way that my arm feels, I never had a sharp pain in my elbow, never numbness or tingling. Through his (Dr. Andrew’s) tests, he believed that everything was stable, and that if we took the rehab route, that, in my mind, that’s gonna be the best thing for me. And going forward, obviously I want to be out there next year and in years to come. For me, taking the rehab route was something I strongly believed in.”
If Harvey had instead opted for surgery now, or in late August when he was first diagnosed, he would be guaranteed to miss all of the 2014 season, but would very likely be back to the same level, or even better than he was prior to his injury when he returns for the 2015 season.
If Harvey’s rehab attempt extends into early January or February of 2014, he could jeopardize not only the 2014 season, but also the 2015 season.
Next season was supposed to be the year the Mets finally took steps towards being a serious contender in the NL East and the National League by spending a lot of money in the off-season.
With Harvey potentially not being in the picture, those aspirations became in doubt. Now that he’s going to do everything he can to play next season, those aspirations are back, at least for now.
The Mets just better hope that Harvey’s rehab works, otherwise the franchise could be set up several years, as opposed to just 2014.