On Tuesday night, New York Mets‘ star pitcher Matt Harvey took to Twitter to voice his appreciation for all the support he has received since being diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in his pitching elbow.
Following the news earlier this week that Harvey would be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 major league season, the next question that comes into play is whether or not he will need surgery. And not just any surgery, possibly Tommy John surgery — a situation that could sideline him for over a year.
On Tuesday night, Harvey tweeted, “Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1.”
Mets’ officials reportedly said that despite Harvey’s tweet on Tuesday night, there is no new information available and no update can be provided on his future status at this time. While Harvey is certainly optimistic that he will not be sidelined for any further than the remaining portion of this season, there’s simply no telling what could still change. So while Harvey, who is 24 years old, appears optimistic, it may not be overly realistic.
Simply put, there’s still the potential for surgery and if that’s the case, there’s no way Harvey would be ready for opening day next season. While Mets’ fans deserves a break for once, you must take Harvey’s tweet with a grain of salt and like everyone else, play the wait and see game until more concrete information is known.