Posted August 26, 2013

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey headed to DL with partially torn UCL

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey reportedly had an MRI at a New York hospital.  (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow. (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

The New York Mets placed pitcher Matt Harvey on the disabled list Monday after an MRI revealed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team announced.

Harvey will be prescribed rest for now and treatment plans will be determined later.

Harvey had already thrown 178 1/3 innings this season and gave up two runs on a career-high 13 hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last start, a loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. He said he felt tired after the game and reported having right forearm pain.

 “It’s not good news, obviously … Over the next 2 or 3 weeks … the ultimate treatment will be determined,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “This is not a career-ending injury under any stretch of the imagination. We’re fortunate we have a lot of pitching depth in our organization.”

Alderson said that Harvey had been getting preventative elbow treatment since spring training, and is not sure when Harvey’s forearm trouble began.

That treatment could mean Tommy John surgery, which would end Harvey’s 2014 season.

Harvey, 24, was the National League’s starting pitcher for All-Star Game at Citi Field in July and is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts, his first full season with the team.

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16 comments
Keldorama
Keldorama

The three most terrifying words in the English language to an athlete?

Doctor. James. Andrews.

MarkMcClure
MarkMcClure

I just to want to say that Harvey does NOT need Tommy John Surgery. This summer we got not ONE but THREE pitchers back on the mound AFTER they were told they needed Tommy John. With our technology, we can get Matt Harvey back to AT LEAST 80% in the next 3 weeks with ease and 100% by Playoffs. Here is a link to our Tommy John success http://www.prlog.org/12133787-paula-wallem-of-dallas-peak-performance-helps-pitchers-avoid-tommy-john-surgery.html  Google “Avoid Tommy John” and we come up first page.

 

kj4027
kj4027

Partially torn ligaments don't heal themselves. Regular people can survive torn ligaments with rest and medication for pain. Major league pitchers need the ligaments in their elbows to be 100%. They were always "resting" Santana and in the end he got surgery. So let's just stop with the rest nonsense and do the Tommy John surgery. Maybe the media will stop comparing Harvey to Seaver. Seaver pitched 20 years without arm problems because he relied on his legs for power and not his arm.

GoBlue_1985
GoBlue_1985

Playing with this system known as sports~betting\star.  Ive made about 2-3k per month just following this.

Cfb1800
Cfb1800

Sorry to see this happen to the kid.  He's a class act and the kind of player that any team would love to have.  When my son was playing baseball, he dislocated his elbow.  We eventually took him to Jame Andrews.  Dr Andrews said there are 10's of thousands of men in this country who can throw 90+, but only a small fraction can throw the innings that it takes to get to the bigs and have a 10+ year career, because the body just won't hold up to that kind of stress.

MB3
MB3

Will Matt Harvey need Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL injury? If so, the usual recovery time is 2 years. A good example is Michael Pineda, who has never pitched for the Yankees in a game that counted, is completing his second year of recovery from elbow surgery (not sure if it's Tommy John surgery).

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Things like these make it really easy for Mets fans to give up on years before they happen.  So there's one good thing to come out of this.

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

tough break kid , but tommy john surgery does work very well

canadianox
canadianox

This really sucks.....good luck Matt, MLB is better when you are pitching!!!

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

How long will it be before pitchers will get Tommy John surgery preemptively between AAA and the Majors?  Strasburg, this kid, if you got a hard throwing youngster, it would be cost affective.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

well. that solves the problem about whether or not to shut him down for the year.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@Jerkzilla That is a ridiculous notion. Nothing is better than the original ligament.. Tommy John surgery should never be a preemptive thing. 

train805
train805

Its been known that parents have their kids get this done in high school. Sad, but true.