Change in rehab plan for Matt Harvey?
Matt Harvey is well on his road to recovery after having Tommy John surgery and was hoping to get into game action later this year. Unfortunately that may not happen now after an injury to another young New York Mets pitcher. Jeremy Hefner was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery just like Harvey but re-injured his elbow and will likely need a second surgery. This has the Mets scared about rushing Harvey back to action.
“We’re going to have a discussion with the doctors about whether the protocol should change for Matt. I have talked to Matt himself,” Alderson said. “One of the things we’ve tried to do is by the end of the season get Matt into the situation where he is comfortable going into next season.
“He may end up in a different position physically for him, but hopefully in the same situation mentally, ready to go in 2015,” Alderson added. “Regardless what he’s been able to accomplish through the end of this season.” (NY Daily News)
Doctors have told Alderson and the Mets that a re-injury like Hefner’s is very rare. Even with that being the case the team is somewhat worried and I can’t blame them as Harvey has been the face of what they hope are successful future Mets teams.
While the team is considering changes in Harvey’s rehab Alderson has said that things may not change at all. The injury just has the Mets thinking of slowing things down.
“We don’t need to make any immediate changes,” Alderson said. “He is still in the slope phase, so if anything we’ll lengthen some of these individual phases and decide what the end point is based on time and activity.” (NY Daily News)
So who really knows what happens as of right now every thing looks like knee jerk reactions to one specific incident. Hopefully the Mets take their time before making any crazy decisions. So we’ll see what happens all that I do know is that the Mets will really be wearing their kid gloves when it comes to Harvey and the rest of his 2014 rehab.