Matt Harvey ‘Still Very Optimistic’ After Putting Off Surgery

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season.

Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Harvey will soon begin a strengthening and throwing program designed to last as long as six to eight weeks. If he feels pain or other symptoms that hinder his pitching, he likely will need the operation — which probably would sideline him for 2014.

“There’s always a risk to having surgery. There’s obviously going to be a risk not to have surgery. It’s not a 100 percent procedure, although it’s definitely getting a lot better,” Harvey said. “I believe if I can rehab, I’d rather bet on myself doing the work to stay out of getting surgery than having the surgery.”

The decision was announced Tuesday night at Citi Field, one day after Harvey was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida to get a second opinion on his right elbow. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament by Mets doctors on Aug. 26.

“Any pitcher can throw any pitch at any time and have an issue,” Harvey said. “There’s no way to know how long a particular ligament is going to last, healthy or not. I know one thing: I’ll put all the rehab and time in to making sure it doesn’t happen. If we cross that line through the process or later down the road, then at that time things need to be (reevaluated).”

Harvey said Andrews tested his elbow and told him he believed it was “very stable.”

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Source: CBS local New York


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