Report: Mets expect Harvey to eventually have Tommy John surgery
The Mets aren't hopeful that rest and strengthening exercises will result in a healthy Matt Harvey, according to the New York Daily News' Andy Martino, and the New York Post's Joel Sherman.
The expectation around here is that Harvey will ultimately have Tommy John surgery, per multiple sources. No decision yet, but not hopeful.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) August 26, 2013
No surprise here: but every person talked to who will have some voice on matter says strong expectation is Harvey will need TJ surgery #Mets— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 26, 2013
If Harvey does have surgery, he'll be lost for most of the 2014 season, as recovery time is usually between 12 and 14 months.
There are rare occasions in which pitchers make it through partial UCL tears without Tommy John surgery. Usually it's an inevitability.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 26, 2013
Adam Wainwright pitched for more than five years after a partial tear. Chad Billingsley, on the other hand, didn't make it a year.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 26, 2013
New York did everything they could, in terms of innings and pitch limits for Harvey, to avoid this fate. Baseball is cruel. Hug the Mets fan in your life.
Matt Harvey has thrown 135 2/3, 169 1/3 and 178 1/3 IP in his 3 pro seasons, and never more than 121 pitches in a start.— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) August 26, 2013