Matt Harvey said last week that he would not make a decision on elbow surgery immediately after his scheduled visit Monday with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. And it appears that the Mets pitcher has remained true to his word.
Harvey visited Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., Monday for a second opinion on the partially torn ligament in his right elbow, the team announced, and the 24-year-old phenom is expected to return to New York. But that's all the Mets announced. The club expects to have more information Tuesday, when the Mets begin a three-game series against the visiting Giants.
The decision belongs to Harvey, though from the start, surgery has appeared to be the most likely option. Even partial tears such as Harvey's typically require ligament replacement, more commonly known as Tommy John surgery.
Some pitchers have delayed surgery and kept pitching for awhile before going under the knife. Harvey has made it clear that he prefers this route.
However, rehab also carries the risk of further damage so that surgery is the only option. Ligament replacement typically requires a 12-month recovery, which would wipe out all of 2014 for Harvey, who started the All-Star Game and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in his first full major-league season.
With Harvey in the rotation and with some offseason reinforcements, the Mets could contend in 2014. Without him, they face the prospect of another bumpy season.
Wright nominated.Team captain David Wright has been designated by the Mets as the team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The honor recognizes players for community involvement and contributions on and off the field.
Sign up for Newsday’s Mets Messages for updates directly to your phone via text, free with a Newsday digital subscription. Learn more at newsday.com/metstext.