It took awhile, but the future of the Mets franchise Matt Harvey has finally come to his senses and is electing to undergo Tommy John Surgery that will keep him out for all of the 2014 season. Harvey is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2015.
A major shocker is that Harvey has chosen Dr. James Andrews to perform the surgery (not really). Basically every athlete that needs surgery to repair torn ligaments selects Andrews to perform their operations.
After Harvey was originally diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow in late August, he had always been pretty empathic about being ready to play come April of next season, and took to twitter to let everyone know that.
Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1.
— Matt Harvey (@MattHarvey33) August 27, 2013
His plan was to rehab the injury, which was very risky because he would then be jeopardizing all of the 2014 and 2015 season, as well as permanent damage in his elbow if the rehab didn’t work.
Undergoing the surgery now all but guarantees that he will be 100 percent when he returns in March of 2015. The surgery is not the worst thing in the world since most pitchers come back just as good, if not better than they were prior.
Stephen Strasburg hasn’t missed a beat, John Lackey was very good for Boston this year, Adam Wainwright is once again dominating, and Joe Nathan is drawing some consideration for the American League CY Young.
Obviously, this is a major blow to the Mets. Harvey, along with Clayton Kershaw were in a dead heat to win the NL CY Young until he got hurt, and the Mets were ready to spend big time for the 2014 season.
With Harvey out, those plans may have to wait another year.