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.
However, rather than undergo the knife, Harvey initially chose to avoid the serious procedure and endure extensive rehabilitation.
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The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Harvey continued to consult with physicians and finally realized his bummed ligament could snap at any moment.
Harvey will be shelved until the start of the 2015 season.
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.
New York suffered an absolutely brutal setback last summer that’s destined to long doom their organization.
Even when “The Dark Knight of Gotham” resurfaces, Harvey will be placed on a strict innings limit and coddled like a Little Leaguer.
Despite all the drawbacks and gloom, Harvey’s wise to have reconstructive work done.
Matt Harvey needs a rebuilt arm and Dr. James Andrews can give him one.by