Matt Harvey has Torn UCL, Could Miss Entire 2014 Season

Harvey Torn UCL Continues Mets Spell of Bad Luck

8/26/13 in MLB   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Aug 18, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Mets just can't catch any sort of luck.  From coming a hit away from a World Series in 2006, to back-to-back collapses in 2007 and 2008, to the Bernie Madoff scandal, it has been a nightmare for the kings of Queens.  Monday, the Mets learned that their bad luck was not coming to an end anytime soon.  They announced that their ace, young pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL and will miss the remainder of the season and could miss the entire 2014 season if he chooses to have Tommy John surgery. 

Can it get any worse for this team?  Harvey has been absolutely tremendous for this team, becoming this team's ace since day one.  The Mets were ready to put Harvey atop the rotation in 2014 that should have a much improved offense with nearly $40 million coming off the books in the offseason.  Now, they lose their ace and the guy that had fans coming out to Citi Field, at least once every five days.  There is a possibility he chooses to rehab the elbow and not go with Tommy John surgery, but the best for him and the Mets could be if he chooses surgery and sits out the 2014 season.  History has shown that pitchers come back better following Tommy John surgery...just ask Adam Wainwright.  For the Mets and their fans, this injury hurts.  Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, 191 strikeouts, and a microscopic .93 WHIP.  Harvey also started the All Star Game in Queens this season and has made every one of his starts at home an event.  The Mets home attendance has been significantly better when their 24-year-old phenom takes the hill.  This team can still be much improved next season, but a lot of the hope that fans had took a major toll today with this news.  

Did the Mets handle this Harvey situation wrong?  Should Harvey have spoken up about any concerns he had earlier?  Not exactly.  These kind of injuries happen and are hard to prevent, especially from a pitcher who throws as hard and as many innings as Matt Harvey.  The issue is that GM Sandy Alderson said that he has been dealing with a forearm issue, amongst other injury concerns, throughout the season.  If that was the case, the Mets should have sat Harvey, especially in a meaningless last two months of the season.  With that being said, you can't control injuries, and the Mets were trying to fill seats for a team that won't come close to any playoff conversation.  This team is going to miss Harvey, but the wise thing for them to do is let him have surgery and recover so he is 100 percent for 2015, which could be the year the Mets make their return to the playoffs.  It may sting now, but this team was likely not going to make the playoffs in 2014 anyways.  Now, Alderson can put an offense together the next two seasons to provide run support for Zach Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia, and the future arms of Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.  2015 will be the season the Mets have Harvey back and ready to lead this team to the promised land. 
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