The New York Mets have been dealt a major blow following the news right-hander, Matt Harvey, has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, possibly ruling him out of action for a full year and robbing the franchise of their star pitcher for the majority of the 2014 season.
Harvey is a favourite of fans gambling on betfair this term, 9-5 this season with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts. He ranks second in the majors in ERA, third in WHIP, and fourth in strikeouts, earning a start at the All-Star Game at Citi Field. The 24-year old’s injury has now opened the door for fellow right-hander, Carlos Torres, to step into the rotation and take Harvey’s place.
General manager, Sandy Alderson, admitted that the pitcher could now be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, although a decision will wait two to three weeks, until swelling subsides and a clearer assessment of the extent of the tear can be determined. But if the worst is confirmed, Harvey will be looking at an extended spell on the sidelines in his recovery.
“Doctors will always tell you that if you could avoid surgery you should. However, we have had situations in the past — not just here, but across baseball — where the conservative approach doesn’t work, and what you end up with is a loss of time and therefore a delay in recovery. That all has to be taken into account.”
“We’re all aware of what [a] delay might cause, and so we will be monitoring the situation. And I’m sure Matt will be making a decision in conjunction with us that takes that into account,” conceded the Mets general manager.