New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – In an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery, New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey will try a six- to eight-week throwing program rather than immediately go under the knife.
Harvey made the decision after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. However, Tommy John surgery still could occur during the offseason if the elbow does not respond at some point during the throwing program.
The 24-year-old Harvey had been 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts before getting shut down for the season. He struck out 191 and walked 31 in 178 1/3 innings.
“I know there was some symptoms of forearm tightness and this and that. But I never had sharp elbow pain or numbness or anything like that. So we’ll see definitely how the rehab process goes and the throwing, and see how it goes from there,” Harvey said.
“For me, I believe if I can rehab, I’d rather bet on myself to do the work to stay out of getting surgery,” he added.
General manager Sandy Alderson said even if the procedure is delayed and then performed later this offseason, it would not impact Harvey’s 2015 season, since the recovery time is generally 12 months.
“So hopefully Matt is part of that rotation next year. But if he’s not, I don’t foresee us working hard to fill his spot from outside the organization,” Alderson said.