Mets' Harvey has UCL tear, may need surgery

Right-hander expected to miss the rest of the season for New York
08/26/2013 4:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mets ace Matt Harvey will likely miss the rest of the season with a partial tear of his UCL.(AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will likely miss the remainder of 2013 - if not all of next year, as well.

An MRI done Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery revealed the tear, and while both Harvey and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the righty will rest for now and do everything possible to try to rehab the injury without surgery, that outcome has not been ruled out.

If he does ultimately need Tommy John surgery, that procedure would likely keep Harvey out of Major League action until 2015.

Harvey will have another MRI and exam once swelling goes down in his elbow, at which point the Mets will make further determination on a course of treatment.

"This is not a career-ending injury under any stretch of the imagination," Alderson said. "We're fortunate we have a lot of pitching depth in our organization."

Harvey told the media Monday afternoon that he had been experiencing soreness in his forearm area for a while, but it ramped up markedly after his last start against Detroit on Saturday, and Alderson said the news of the tear was "a surprise to all of us."

"He's been treated for forearm issues for some time," Alderson said. "It's an anatomical fact of life that these things happen."

In his first full season in the Majors, Harvey was the National League's starter in the All-Star Game, and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178.1 innings over 26 starts. There had been rounds of speculation as to an "innings limit" for Harvey and whether or not he would be shut down at some point, speculation Alderson ended Monday by saying that Harvey's cap was likely to be somewhere between 210 and 215 innings.

For now, Carlos Torres will step into Harvey's spot in the rotation.

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