New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and may need Tommy John surgery.
Harvey and the Mets will determine over the next few weeks whether the right-hander will undergo surgery or attempt to pitch through the partial tear. No matter what happens this is a tough blow and his season is over.
I don’t blame Harvey for trying to rest and holding off on having the surgery, but I think that will ultimately be the end result. It may not happen this season and he may come back next season trying to pitch, but at some point the ligament’s going to become an issue again. I hope I’m wrong, but history says otherwise.
Plenty of other guys have attempted the same thing and a great number have went on to have the procedure down the road. The way I look at it, the longer he waits, the longer before he’s back to being himself.
A perfect example is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley, who was diagnosed with a partial UCL tear after his Aug. 24 start last season and then opted for a course of rest, rehabilitation, and platelet-rich plasma injections over the offseason. Billingsley was able to make only two starts this season before finally having surgery at the end of April. As a result, he won’t be ready to return until after Opening Day next year and will do so without having that extra off-season of rest and rehabilitation.