New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, the team announced Monday.
The Mets said Harvey will be placed on the disabled list and will rest his injured elbow for now. If Harvey required Tommy John surgery, he would miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season.
“This was a surprise to all of us, especially Matt himself,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “He has not had any elbow pain. Forearm pain can foretell problems with the elbow, but that was not the case in this instance.”
Harvey underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York after complaining fatigue and mentioning discomfort following a 102-pitch start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. The MRI later revealed the tear.
“I’m pretty tired, but so is everybody,” Harvey said after giving up a career-high 13 hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers Saturday. “You have to work through and deal with it. It’s a long season. You have to figure out how to get things done.”
The 24-year-old Harvey emerged as one of the best young pitchers in baseball, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a National League-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings.
Harvey was named the NL’s starting pitcher in this year’s All-Star Game at Citi Field and figured to be among the top finishers in the NL Cy Young Award voting.