New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had successful Tommy John surgery to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament on Tuesday, the team announced. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Florida.
It has been known that Harvey would have the surgery since Oct. 4, but when the procedure would take place has been a bit of a mystery. Now that it's finally over, Harvey can focus on getting healthy again. Barring a miracle, he will miss all of the 2014 season but should be good and ready for 2015 when spring training rolls around.
It was reported that Harvey had torn his UCL on Aug. 26, but there had initially been questions about whether Tommy John surgery would be necessary. The team left the decision up to to Harvey, who initially opted to rehab the injury without surgery. That attempt did not last long, as a little over a week later he changed his mind and decided to have the procedure.
Harvey, 24, had perhaps the best chance to beat the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for a Cy Young before getting injured. Over 26 starts in 2013, Harvey posted a 2.27 ERA and 0.931 WHIP while striking out 191 batters.