Harvey to have more tests on his elbow

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is going to have more tests on his ailing elbow but after a few weeks of rest. The teams current plan is for Harvey to rest for three weeks and then go get more tests. Harvey is hoping to avoid surgery and hopes that rest will help him do so.

Alderson said that Harvey will still wait a few weeks before deciding whether or not to have Tommy John surgery to repair his torn UCL.

“We’re going to wait three weeks and test it, to see if he’s hurting,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “[Harvey] spoke to Roy Halladay yesterday and Halladay said ‘I had the same problem 10 years ago and I still haven’t had the surgery.’ There is reason to hope in that regard.” (MetsBlog)

I still think it’s a long shot that he avoids surgery but who knows this kid has been a freak of nature since he came to the league. He definitely could surprise us and defy all odds. What I do like is the kids optimism. Harvey did tweet that he’ll be with the Mets when the 2014 season opens.

Alderson doesn’t mind Harvey saying this at all because it can indeed happen if he doesn’t need surgery.

“What Matt tweeted wasn’t because he was in deep denial, there is some possibility that this can be avoided,” Alderson said. “Is there a risk it can tear further? Yes. Does that make any difference? If he doesn’t have the surgery, there will always be the risk. There is still some possibility that surgery will not occur and Matt will decide to do something else.”(MetsBlog)

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