Matt Harvey injury: Mets RHP to visit Dr. James Andrews

Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

At this point, Tommy John surgery seems inevitable, but a decision won't be made until the third week of September.

The New York Mets and starting pitcher Matt Harvey may be facing the inevitable at this point. The decision has officially been made to send Harvey to visit renowned Dr. James Andrews, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin. Andrews, of course, is known for his deft hand at performing Tommy John surgery.

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While a visit with Andrews does not mean that Harvey will undergo the procedure, it is looking more and more likely that is what will end up happening. Harvey is currently suffering from a torn UCL, an injury that often needs surgery to heal.

The official decision on whether Harvey will have the surgery is expected to come in the third week of September. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said this week that the choice would ultimately be made by Harvey himself.

Because Harvey sustained the injury so late in the season, it's possible that he will miss all of the 2014 campaign if he does have Tommy John surgery. Recovery from the procedure usually takes around a year for a pitcher. If he does have the surgery and is able to pitch in 2014, it won't be until the tail end of the season.

Harvey, 24, was one of the brightest young pitchers in the MLB before going down with the torn ligament. He had a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 26 starts with excellent walk and strikeout numbers.

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