Matt Harvey has UCL tear, likely needs Tommy John surgery

Matt Harvey likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

8/26/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Matt Harvey has UCL tear, likely needs Tommy John surgeryNew York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had one of his shakiest outings on Saturday, giving up a career-high 13 hits to the Detroit Tigers, though he only surrendered two runs. On Monday, the dominant 24-year-old decided to get an MRI on his forearm after experiencing soreness in that area. The MRI revealed just about the worst news a pitcher can hear - Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. WFAN's Mike Francesca was the first to report the news, and it has since been confirmed by Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

For those who don't know, a torn UCL almost always leads to Tommy John surgery - one of the most dreaded procedures for a pitcher. Suffering the injury this late in the year, Harvey can essentially be ruled out for the entire 2014 season. It's an devastating blow to the Mets, who could have had some nice arms at the top of their rotation next year with Harvey and fellow youngster Zack Wheeler.

The news of Harvey's injury comes just two weeks after it was reported that the Mets would shut down their star pitcher after he had pitched 200 innings. He sits at 178.1 innings on the season after having pitched 169.1 innings between the minors and majors a year ago.

Harvey has easily been one of the league's best pitchers this season, posting a stellar 2.27 ERA and an NL-leading 191 strikeouts over his 178.1 innings. His pedestrian record of 9-5 is more a result of the Mets' struggles on offense than Harvey's performance on the mound. Harvey boasts a career ERA of 2.39 with a 0.99 WHIP through 237.2 innings at the Major League level.

The Mets are still hoping that surgery won't be required, and they will wait for the swelling in Harvey's arm to subside before making a decision on whether or not he will go under the knife. The most likely scenario, however, remains Tommy John surgery, which will probably keep us from seeing one of the most exciting young players in the game until 2015.
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