After complaining of forearm tenderness in August, the 24-year-old Harvey (9-4, 2.25 ERA) was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.
The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Harvey was expected to require Tommy John surgery and be shelved until 2015.
However, after consulting with legendary hurler Roy Halladay who sustained a similar wound, Anne Vyalitsyna’s banging partner chose to avoid the serious procedure and instead endure extensive rehabilitation.
Consistently hitting 96 mph on the radar and having whiffed 187 batters over 171.2 frames, a healthy Harvey is a legitimate ace who gave fans a reason to venture to scenic Flushing every fifth day.
Sadly, despite all the optimism, the Mets likely suffered an absolutely brutal setback this summer that will long doom their organization.
Although sensible in spirit, “The Dark Knight of Gotham” is going to be a human chandelier without having reconstructive work done.
Provided the star does elude the knife, Harvey will be placed on a strict innings limit and coddled like a Little Leaguer.
Regardless of what happens this autumn in “The Grand Canyon State,” Matt Harvey needs a rebuilt arm and can soon anticipate a visit to an operating room.by