“Thank you everyone for the kind words and support,” Matt Harvey said Tuesday on Twitter. “I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
5:05 pm: Umm, what’s that? April 1? So, does this mean he isn’t having surgery? Or, maybe it means he thinks he isn’t having surgery? Or, maybe he’s delusional? I can’t wait to find out more… In any case, I heard the Batman music when I read this tweet, and then got chills… fingers crossed.
5:27 p.m.: Sandy Alderson on Harvey’s tweet: “If that’s his tweet, that’s his tweet.”
Harvey was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.
Alderson said Monday that Harvey needed to wait to meet with his doctor after swelling subsided, in a week or so, in order to determine if Tommy John surgery would be needed.
In a post for Bleacher Report, injury expert Will Carroll said it’s possible Harvey could chose to pitch with a partially torn UCL, as others have done in the past.
According to Carroll, if Harvey is able to avoid surgery, he should be ready for spring training. However, 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 other questions and answers about Harvey’s injury, check out this post from earlier in the day on MetsBlog.