Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 10/4/13

The bad news the New York Mets hoped to avoid, but long suspected they would eventually face, was acknowledged this afternoon when Matt Harvey elected to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn UCL that will force him to miss the entire 2014 season. Had Harvey opted for surgery when he was initially injured, there was an outside chance he could have been available in September, but he was adamant on trying a six-to-eight week throwing program and rehabilitation in the hope of being ready for the season. Even so, this is the right decision for Harvey as it eliminates the possibility of starting the season, then blowing out his elbow and not only missing all of 2014, but also 2015. On Monday, before traveling to Florida for the Mets’ organizational meetings, general manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey would have to show some progress soon if he was to have a chance at pitching in the Arizona Fall League.Progress has to be defined as Harvey simply thinking about throwing because he hasn’t yet picked up a ball. Dr. James Andrews, who examined Harvey and signed off on the rehab attempt, will perform the procedure later this month. Alderson said he would not try to sway Harvey toward surgery, but acknowledged rehab was a long-shot and said the team would plan for 2014 with the thought of not having the pitching sensation who captured the attention of Mets’ fans by dominating National League hitters and starting the All-Star Game. Harvey reached this decision without ever beginning his throwing program in Port St. Lucie. He had bee receiving physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Harvey was magnificent in going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 191 hitters in 178.1 innings with a microscopic 0.931 WHIP. However, the most amazing number with Harvey was a staggering 12 no-decisions. Those are significant numbers to be removed from a rotation Alderson said is now three deep with Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. Alderson also indicated the Mets could bring back veterans Aaron Harang and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Alderson said the Mets aren’t likely to compensate for losing Harvey by signing a high profile free agent, but instead sign a mid-level veteran such a Bronson Arroyo.

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