It’s rare that the fortunes of one 24 year old can affect the outlook of an entire franchise, but for the Mets and Matt Harvey, that is the case.
Today will be a big day towards understanding that future, at least in the immediate term, as Matt Harvey will travel to Alabama to have his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament examined by Dr. James Andrews to help determine whether Tommy John surgery is required.
At this point it would be a surprise if Harvey was able to avoid surgery, although as scary as that may sound to Mets fans, surgery may be the best option for the 24 year old ace. Regardless of Dr. Andrew’s diagnosis, don’t expect to learn of Matt Harvey’s fate quite yet; Harvey told reporters last week that he would not make an immediate decision after Andrews offers a medical opinion on his ailing elbow.
If Harvey does have surgery he will likely miss most, if not all of the 2014 season, but should eventually be back to his dominating form. If Harvey decides to let the elbow heal on its own, it opens up a potential ticking time-bomb scenario that would be scary for any Mets fan.
Harvey, who was the National League starter for this year’s All-Star game at Citi Field, has been out since being placed on the 15 day disabled list on August 27th with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.