Originally posted on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 10/4/13
New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2014 season, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure later this month. Harvey had been adamant in saying he planned to rehab and undergo a throwing program over a six- to eight-week period in order to be able to pitch next season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Sandy Alderson and other team officials had portrayed Harvey’s strategy as an uphill battle and regularly had suggested surgery was the likely route. The GM indicated Friday night that Mets doctor David Altchek and Andrews agreed that Tommy John surgery was the best route, although they also were willing to let Harvey try the throwing program to disprove the need for the elbow procedure. “Based on the conversations that I had with both of the doctors, I felt this would be the right decision,” Alderson said. “So in that sense I’m happy Matt has reached the same conclusion.” Harvey reached the surgery decision without ever going to the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the planned throwing program. Harvey had recently been getting physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. “I think Matt came to this decision through the course of his rehab prior to commencing throwing in part because, No.1, he had quite a bit of time to think about it,” Alderson said. “Perhaps his initial, more emotional response to the injury and his sort of adamant desire to rehab was reconsidered over time. … After a period of time, he just decided based on all the information that he had that this was a more sort of reasoned approach to the injury. “As far as we’re concerned at the team level, I think we always assumed that at some point Matt would reach this conclusion. … So this doesn’t really change our planning at all, but it does provide some clarity, of course, that we didn’t have.” Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this past season, striking out 191 hitters in 178 1/3 innings while allowing 135 hits in his first full season with the team. His WHIP was 0.931. The post Matt Harvey will have elbow surgery. appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut

Report: People with Warriors think they will get Durant

Joe Thomas: It’s a ‘sad end’ to Manziel story in Cleveland

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Super Bowl referee says Cotchery play could have been a catch

The NBA is one step closer to putting ads on jerseys

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Archie Manning defends Cam Newton over press conference

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

Eight surprises, letdowns entering NBA All-Star break

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker