Harvey opts for rehab over surgery
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 09:43:00 AM CDT
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will try to rehabilitate his injured right elbow rather than undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced Tuesday night.
Harvey, who met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, will begin a throwing program expected to last six to eight weeks. He was diagnosed by the Mets doctors with a partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament, but hopes to avoid surgery that would likely sideline him for all of 2014. Surgery remains an option if rehabilitation does not go as Harvey hopes.
Harvey finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 record and a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts. The right-hander started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and was one of the top rookies in baseball before suffering the injury during a start against Detroit on Aug. 24. He was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 27.