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Matt Harvey To DL For UCL Tear [VIDEO]

New York Met pitcher Matt Harvey is headed to the disabled list and may face Tommy John surgery.

Matt Harvey talks to the media about his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)
Matt Harvey talks to the media about his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson: Matt Harvey has partial UCL tear in right elbow. “It’s possible he won’t pitch rest of the season,” said Alderson at an afternoon press conference.

“This is not good news, obviously,” Alderson said  the next two weeks will determine what course of action Harvey and the team will take.

Alderson said Harvey felt more discomfort after pitching on Saturday which “raised a flag.” Harvey underwent an MRI today that revealed the tear.

“If the pain continues or gets worse, then something has to be done,” said Harvey.

Surgery has not been ruled out and “Tommy John” surgery, which would replace the damaged UCL with a tendon from somewhere else in the body would likely mean Harvery would miss most of the 2014 season.

eneral Manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets announces that pitcher Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)
eneral Manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets announces that pitcher Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Harvey, who has struggled since starting the All-Star game, is 9-5 on the season with an ERA of 2.27 and 191 strikeouts. He pitched his first career shutout on August 7 against Colorado.

Web MD explains that the first step towards the surgery is usually rest and physical surgery.

Townsquare Media New Jersey sports anchor and Mets fan Kevin Williams calls this the worst news the team could get.  “When you are a Met fan you typically expect the worst to happen. Matt Harvey is the future. It will be an anxious time to see if surgery is needed or he can rehab and be ready to go for next year.”



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