Sports Illustrated strikes again? Matt Harvey is the third pitcher within one week to be shut down for the rest of the 2013 season after Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner. Only this is the worst one yet.
After having an MRI Monday morning, it was discovered that the NL All-Star pitcher has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament tear in his pitching arm.
During the press conference for the devastating announcement, it was mentioned there is a possibility for him to have Tommy John surgery. What does this mean for the 2014 season? There will be no 2014 pitching for Harvey.
The news indeed gets worse. It was revealed during the presser there has been on ongoing issue with his forearm. Harvey himself admitted to tightness in his forearm for the past month.
Supposedly Harvey he been getting “preventative treatment for his elbow since Spring Training, as well as recent treatment for his forearm“. I understand “preventative treatment”. However, now you are talking about “recent treatment for his forearm”. The minute there is soreness or tightness, that automatically should have warranted immediate shut down of their star pitcher.
The team knew they were not going anywhere this year. They were going for their first playoff berth since 2006 next year. Since that is the case, there was no need to have Harvey continue pitching for this season. After all, they had him on an innings limit.
Now, I get that Harvey does not want the surgery. He wants to avoid it and will try to. With that said, I would rather him have the surgery, if it is definitely the only option, sooner rather than later. Give credit to Harvey for always wanting to be competitive. It should’ve been a better year for him with more wins. Maybe between now and when he comes back to pitch, the team will actually learn how to hit for him.
It is definitely a depressing day for Mets fans. I don’t see the Mets even finishing in third this year. I guess it will be back to fourth place.