Just when you thought the New York Mets‘ 58-70 season couldn’t get any worse; Matt Harvey will likely need Tommy John Surgery and be forced to miss the entire 2014 season.
This is an assumption as of now, but considering the All-Star pitcher was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Monday it’s almost certain that Harvey will be going under the knife sooner rather than later. With that being said, the folks in New York still have plenty to cheer about…just kidding.
Harvey suffering this kind of injury is the worst news that Mets fans could hear at this juncture. Not to mention, these same New Yorkers have had to endure the Johan Santana sideshow for the last six years — what did the Mets do to deserve this kind of punishment?!
On a serious note, Harvey has reportedly been suffering from “forearm stiffness” for about a week and the Mets scheduled an MRI for the ace on Monday. Even if the MRI reveals no structural damage — highly unlikely — the Mets will likely shut Harvey down for the rest of the year as he is just 21.2 innings away from eclipsing his 200-inning limit for 2013.
Before New York fans head to the bridge, let’s take a look at a few other top-notch starters who have underwent Tommy John Surgery and came back with a vengeance. John Smoltz, Chris Carpenter, and Stephen Strasburg all suffered the gruesome injury at some point in their career, and each came back to pitch in an MLB All-Star game, so Harvey isn’t exactly doomed.