Matt Harvey’s pitching has been a revelation for the New York Mets this season. Almost all by himself he’s given the downtrodden franchise hope. He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field in July and if not for an historic season by Clayton Kershaw would be the front-runner for the National League Cy Young Award.
Seemingly out of nowhere Monday afternoon news began to emerge that the righty went for an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Source: Matt Harvey underwent an MRI this morning at HSS. More details forthcoming.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 26, 2013
This tweet from Carig was manually re-tweeted hundreds of times, prompting every incarnation of “oh no,” “Nooooo,” “whaaat” and “why?” from nervous Mets’ fans.
More details are slowly starting to emerge. Harvey pitched in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at home to the Tigers, allowing a season-high 13 hits in 6 2/3 innings. His previous hit in hits allowed this year had been eight.
Source: Matt Harvey has been experiencing soreness in “forearm area”
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) August 26, 2013
Mike Francesa, one of Harvey’s biggest fans, chimed in on WFAN to break the news the ace righty has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament:
WFAN’s Mike Francesa says @MattHarvey33 will go on DL with a torn UCL in his elbow.
— Matthew Cerrone (@matthewcerrone) August 26, 2013
Overall Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He’s struck out 191 batters in 178+ innings. The Mets had talked about using a six-man rotation for the final month of the season to lessen his workload. He’d been averaging over 96 mph on his fastball this season.
Mets fans will now wait to find out how serious the UCL tear is in Harvey’s arm. Tommy John surgery might be necessary but the club won’t make that decision today and wait until the swelling goes down.
Whole key for Matt Harvey is how significant the UCL sprain is. Most surgeons say over 33% tearing means Tommy John.
— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) August 26, 2013
Harvey himself thought it was just “tightness” in his forearm and that the pain had been going on for “some time.” He, like the club, wants to do everything possible to avoid Tommy John surgery, which would likely shelve him until 2015.
Mets fans are easy targets, but please, be nice: this is awful news. Offer a pat on the back or a shoulder to cry on.
On the bright side, the Mets did sign Dice-K last week.
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