Posted October 04, 2013

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey to have Tommy John surgery to repair torn UCL

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will have a second MRI on his elbow next week. (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

Shut down since feeling pain on Aug. 24, New York Mets righthander Matt Harvey, 24, will have surgery to repair a torn UCL ligament.  (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey will have surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after further consultation with doctors, the team announced Friday.

Harvey will certainly miss all of the 2014 season.

The team said surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery later this month.

Harvey said last month that he would attempt to rehabilitate the injury and start a six-to-eight week throwing program to strengthen the muscles around the ligament in hopes of avoiding surgery. He never started the program and rested the arm to see how it would respond.

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Harvey, 24, was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this season before being shut down after experiencing pain following an Aug. 24 start. He struck out 191 and walked 31 in 178 1/3 innings.


Harvey is a dbag. Every interview he gives he comes off as a social pariah.  Glad I won't have to see this fu​cker next year.


Finally someone on the Mets makes a good decision. I'm no expert but I think the problem all of these young kids have is they rely solely on their arm strength. They are so athletically gifted that I don't think they learn how to properly pitch and eventually they blow out their elbow. Why did pitchers like Tom Seaver last 20 years and continually pitch complete 9 inning games? Tom used his legs and upper body strength and mostly threw over-handed. But he generated all of his velocity from his legs up. Today's pitchers rarely get their uniforms dirty... Tom's pants looked like he was dragged through the mud because his "rubber" leg was always in the dirt after he released the ball.