Matt Harvey was one of the best stories in baseball this year. I use the term ‘was’ because his season is more than likely over. The New York Mets ace has of course been diagnosed with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, which may ultimataly lead to the dreaded Tommy John surgery. The pitcher is optimistic that he can possibly work through the injury with rehab, but it’s believed by some that surgery may be the best option for him long-term.
It’s going to be a tough call for the Mets and their star pitcher, but they have to err on the side of caution. Harvey is still only 24-years old and has an entire career in front of him. The last thing they need is for this issue to return down the road and for the young ace to miss extended time. Getting the surgery now and starting the road to recovery could get Harvey back on the field by late next season.
As much as Mets’ fans are devastated by this whole situation, MLB has to be equally as upset. The league just can’t catch a break with these young phenoms. Harvey became a national star this year and was a great bright spot for the game amidst the whole Biogenesis scandal. He took center stage during the All-Star game in July and even went viral with his bit on Jimmy Fallon. Harvey’s stock was rising and MLB was no doubt benefiting. Now, he’s facing an extended absence and baseball needs a new star to emerge.
Just as a fan of the game, I’m hoping Harvey can avoid surgery and be back on the mound for opening day next season. But given what we know about the situation so far, that seems very unlikely.