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 .hmp4{position:absolute;clip:rect(438px,auto,auto,482px);}brand new cash advance online Mets ace righthander Matt Harvey will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He tweeted that he would be back April 1. We’ll see. Memo to Matt Harvey: if you don’t already have Stephen Strasburg’s phone number on speed dial, get it. Soon enough, he’s gonna be your best friend, the one guy you can lean on for support and advice. He’s been there, Matt. In August, 2010 the Washington Nationals’ ace suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament, just like you did this week. He was out for the entire 2011 season and when he finally returned last year he was on a strict innings limit. The Nats shut him down after 28 starts and 159 1/3 innings, but he went 15-6 with an ERA of 3.16, and 197 strikeouts. Thus far this year, his won-loss record is only 6-9, more a result of poor offensive support than anything else, but he’s compiled an ERA of 3.00, 162 strikeouts in 156 innings and a WHIP of 1.058. See that? Good as new. Like nothing ever happened. Your new BFF was all of 21 years old when his UCL decided it could take no more. You’re only 24, still a mere pup in baseball years. It was an awful blow to the Nationals that their franchise pitcher had to sit out a year, just as it will be a blow to the Mets whilst you recover from surgery and rehab. Listen, the Mets weren’t going to be any good next year anyway, but they have a lot of great young talent, so when you come back in 2015, they’ll be a much improved team. Oh wait, you haven’t elected to have surgery yet, have you? You tweeted just today that you were coming back next season, that you’ll be ready to go April 1. Silly man. Look, throwing a baseball is the most unnatural and damaging thing a person can do to his or her arm. Torn UCLs and rotator cuffs come with the territory. Have you ever seen what the arm and the elbow look like in slow motion when throwing a breaking pitch? Yecchh! Thinking you can come back from this kind of an injury simply by resting is just plain…well, you can’t.  I don’t care if Roy Halladay told you he had a torn UCL 10 years ago and still hasn’t had Tommy John surgery. Halladay is an outlier, a freak of nature. Who, by the way, has made all of 8 starts this season because he has a bad arm. Imagine that. Listen, I’m the last guy who would ever say get a surgical procedure done. When I suffered a herniated disk in January, the doctor in the $600 suit wanted to make a one-inch incision and remove the disk. I told him thanks, but no thanks. And after a lot of grueling physical therapy and daily stretching, I’m fine, for the most part. But this is different. You have a great career ahead of you, maybe even a Hall of Fame career. 191 strikeouts, a WHIP of 0.93, opponents’ batting average of .209 and a WAR of 5.4 are nothing to sneeze at. Get the procedure done. And call Stephen Strasbourg. He’ll tell you.     This article has been read (22) times
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