The Mets announced Matt Harvey underwent successfully Tommy John surgery on his right elbow today.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Harvey was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in late August. He was originally going to attempt to rehab the injury, but ultimately decided to have the operation.
Harvey is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
In the next week or so, Matt Harvey will have Tommy John surgery that could force him to most all of 2014.
Oct. 17, 6:50 pm: The team is still coordinating details and the surgery is expected to occur in the next week or so, Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, told media in Los Angeles (MLB.com, Newsday)
Oct. 17, 11:28 am: The Mets are not yet aware when Harvey will undergo surgery (ESPN NY).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 16, 9:00 am: This is a bit odd, but I’d be curious to know if the team’s rehab coordinator and training staff were unaware of Harvey’s plans, too, since it’s most important that they are in the loop. If I had to bet, Rubin’s source is someone in the front office, who may or may not be responsible for knowing Harvey’s every move. Also, it’s typical that the player’s people would book the surgery in the off-season, because of travel. I suppose there is a chance this all went down quickly, and Rubin just happened to ask during the downtime. Or, the Mets are totally ignorant as to what their best player is doing, as some fans and media want to conclude. I don’t know the truth.
In either case, I think it’s far to raise an eyebrow over one front office person not knowing Harvey’s plans. I’d raise both and think, ‘Here we go again,’ only if I learned it was the entire team, GM, training staff and coordinators included, but it doesn’t seem like that is the case…
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Matt Harvey is expected to have Tommy John surgery in the next couple of weeks, his agent Scott Boras told the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan.
Harvey announced his decision last week.
“He had repeated conversations with the doctors, and did a very thorough analysis and I think in the end the doctors agreed that this is something that Matt ought to do,” Boras said. “He looked closely at all the information that was given him and made his decision.”
Read More: New York Post (Kernan)
Matt Harvey has elected to have Tommy John surgery on the partial tear ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, Sandy Alderson announced late Friday.
The surgery will cause him to miss the entire 2014 season.
“This was a more reasoned approach to the injury,” GM Sandy Alderson said, as to why Harvey decided to have surgery instead of proceeding with a throwing program. Alderson said Harvey had begun rehabbing, but not throwing.
Harvey and Alderson met on Friday to confirm the pitcher’s decision.
“I felt this would be the right decision. So, in that sense, I’m happy that Matt has reached that same conclusion,” Alderson said.
As for how this affects the team moving forward, Alderson said nothing has changed.
“This doesn’t change our plan at all,” Alderson said. “But, it does provide some clarity that we didn’t have.”
Alderson later mentioned that the Mets have two rotation spots open, outside of Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. The GM said he would be a “little uncomfortable” filling those holes entirely from within the organization.
“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said, of calling on one of his young pitchers in the minors. “I don’t think it’s a scenario we would prefer.”
When can the Mets expect their All-Star pitcher back? Tommy John surgery usually takes a full calendar year to recover from, which will set Harvey up to return with enough time for spring training heading into the 2015 season. Alderson said the team is targeting a date of February 1, 2015.
“Each surgery is different, each rehab period is different, each individual pitcher is different, so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Alderson said. “I will confirm, though, that when he’s ready to pitch, he will be in the rotation. And, he’ll return to his prior form, which we all know was extraordinary this season.”
Dr. James Andrews will preform the surgery later this month, the team said.
To listen to Alderson’s talk with reporters, click here.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Thankfully, the front office and people connected to the team have been talking and planning like Harvey was going to have surgery, so I don’t think this is catching them off guard by any means. What’s more, I actually think this was their preferred way forward. In talking to people aware of their thinking, I never heard anyone say they hoped he gambled on his elbow. I’m sure they would have loved to see him pitch next season, but if he was eventually going to need surgery, I think they prefer him under the knife now, knowing 100 percent he’ll be ready for ALL of 2015.
Last week, I talked with Will Carroll about Harvey’s situation, the ins and outs of Tommy John surgery, how Nolan Ryan and Adam Wainright faced a similar scenario, how organizations try to protect their pitchers overall and the slow adaptation by teams of biomechanics, which you can listen to here:
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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says Matt Harvey would qualify to pitch in the Arizona Fall League this winter.
According to Rubin, Harvey is eligible because he has pitched less than two years in the big leagues and has missed time due to injury.
Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson said it was possible Harvey could pitch in the Arizona Fall League in an effort to test his injured right elbow.
In late August, Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list earlier this week to make room for Cesar Puello, who was activated from the restricted list.
Read more: ESPN New York
Sandy Alderson said today that he would like to see Matt Harvey eventually pitch in game-like conditions during his rehab the next couple of months.
Alderson suggested possible starts in the Arizona Fall League as part of Harvey’s rehab process.
“The strong desire is that we will finish this process within the six- to eight-week time frame,” Alderson told reporters, according to ESPN New York. “We’re in the six- to eight-week window, but when he actually starts throwing is a little bit unclear.”
Arizona Fall League eligibility rules state that “no players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible.” Harvey may not be able to pitch in the AFL due to these eligibility rules, no matter how much Alderson or the Mets may want to see that.
Harvey has not started throwing from flat ground yet, but is believed to be starting his rehab process soon.
In last week’s MetsBlog Q&Acast, pres. by Verizon, Matthew Cerrone talked with injury expert Will Carroll about Harvey’s situation and the ins and outs of Tommy John surgery, which you can listen to here…
“I strongly believe I’ll be back next year,” Matt Harvey said today, talking to MLB Network.
Dr. James Andrews informed Harvey on Tuesday that his elbow is ‘stable,’ however Tommy John surgery is still a possibility for Harvey if the rehab doesn’t work.
Later today, Terry Collins told WFAN that if Harvey believes he can pitch next season, Collins would bet on Harvey every day.
“If he thinks he can do it, I wouldn’t put it past him,” Collins said.
Harvey announced Tuesday that he will try to rehabilitate the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. In the next few days, he will begin a throwing program that will run for six to eight weeks, after which he will see how his arm handles throwing and determine if surgery is the best course of action, Sandy Alderson later added.
Injury expert Will Carroll has said that if Harvey decides to have surgery, he could wait until December, as opposed to doing it now, and still not lose much time in his rehab.
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Will Carroll has been writing about sports injuries for 12 years, appearing in SI.com and ESPN.com. He now writes for Bleacher Report, where he recently answered every question you probably have about Matt Harvey’s injury and why he’s waiting to decide on surgery…
In Carroll’s opinion…
- It’s worth it for Harvey to wait, possibly until December, to have the surgery…
- Harvey was not showing signs of fatigue, according to advanced research on PitchFX…
- The team did a reasonable job of trying to keep their ace healthy during the season…
- The Brewers and Orioles are the only teams that spend money to do biomechanical evaluations on all their pitchers…
- If he is able to avoid surgery, he will be ready for spring training…
- If he is forced to have Tommy John surgery, he will miss a minimum of 10 months and likely would miss the entire 2014 season…
To read more from Carroll, whose post is titled Everything You Need to Know About Matt Harvey’s Elbow Injury and Recovery, click here.
Matt Harvey will try to rehabilitate the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Harvey will embark on a throwing plan for six to eight weeks, and will see how his arm handles that, Sandy Alderson told reporters.
“I’ve never had pain in my actual elbow area, where the UCL is,” Harvey said. “For me, it felt like why jump into surgery in a situation where i never had tingling, numbness, shooting pain in my elbow? If rehab is the way to go… then that’s what I want to do.”
Harvey visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on his arm.
“Nothing was moving in places it shouldn’t,” Harvey said of Dr. Andrews’ tests.
Alderson wouldn’t comment on the severity of the tear, with a tear of 30 percent or more almost always resulting in Tommy John surgery.
“The doctors have never attached a percentage to the tear,” Alderson said.
Tommy John surgery is still possible for Harvey if the rehab doesn’t work.
Previously, Will Carroll said that if Harvey does require surgery, he could wait until December. If he waits until then, the timeline wouldn’t be that much different if he had the surgery now, in relation to preparing for the 2015 season.
“No one should be surprised that Matt Harvey has chosen not to have Tommy John surgery. He’ll continue to rehab it and see where it goes. Got to take the shot to avoid surgery when you can,” Carroll said in a video post to Instagram.
“It won’t effect our plans as much as suggested,” Alderson said. “We have depth at starting pitching. I don’t see us working hard if he can’t come back.”
“Last three weeks have been tough,” Harvey said. “I want to be pitching. Not knowing it a tough process. Everything feels normal. I know there are some symptoms of forearm tightness, but I’ve never had elbow pain or sharp pain. We’ll see how it goes from there.”
Harvey will start his throwing program off flat ground in the next few days.
“One thing you shouldn’t expect…” Alderson warned. “Rigid deadlines.”
Sandy Alderson and Matt Harvey talk about the decision for Harvey to rehab his elbow for the next 6-8 weeks instead of getting surgery.
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