As one of the best up-and-coming players in all of baseball, Matt Harvey has proven himself as an ace before his 25th birthday. Harvey has one of the best arms in baseball and he could be one of the best pitchers in MLB for years to come — if he can come back from injury, that is.
The first-year player recently found out that he has torn his ulnar collateral ligament, or UCL, in his pitching elbow — something that could doom the young pitcher for years to come. Many believe that Tommy John surgery is the next step, which could be devastating, but some pitchers have come back with a vengeance from the once-dreaded surgery — see: Stephen Strasburg.
However, for a league that is finally getting over the whole steroid issue seeing one of its bright young stars go down with a devastating injury is bad for baseball.
Losing a guy that has been good for the game since his emergence this spring is going to hurt mightily. Although the New York Mets aren’t going to make a playoff run by any means they still have to live with the fact that it may be a while before they see their ace again.
Baseball needed a lesser-known star to help restructure its image and Harvey could have been that guy. People in New York loved coming out to see him every fifth day and cheering for the one glimmer of hope that the team had.
Fans from other teams loved to watch the 24-year-old phenom pitch as well. This guy was an up-and-coming star that was sure to be the face of the MLB one day, and the National League’s All-Star starting pitcher is sure to be back and better than ever — whenever that may be.
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