Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher who had given the foundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about the team’s future.
The 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.
“It was the last thing I was expecting when I went (for an MRI) this morning,” Harvey said yesterday. “I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.”
Harvey, who was the National League’s All-Star Game starting pitcher on his home field in July, said he has been experiencing forearm tenderness for some time, but he could not pinpoint exactly when it began. He also did not tell anyone about it until Sunday, a day after the discomfort increased during his start against the Detroit Tigers when he allowed a career-high 13 hits.
Harvey wasn’t the only one in the Mets organization stunned by the news.
“This was a surprise to all of us,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Forearm pain can foretell problems with the elbow, but in this particular circumstance there had been no indications of that.”
Harvey, the seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft, is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 1781/3 innings pitched and was a top candidate for the Cy Young Award.
Athletics 8, Tigers 6: Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs and Oakland defeated host Detroit despite Miguel Cabrera’s hitting another homer. Cabrera’s 43rd homer of the season tied the score at 4 in the fifth inning, but Barton answered with his second RBI single an inning later to put the Athletics ahead to stay.
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2: R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning and host Toronto ended a 10-game losing streak to American League East rival New York.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 3 with a walk in his return for New York. The game marked the first time this season that Jeter and Rodriguez both have been in the lineup.
The Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right wrist and designated right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek for assignment.
Reddick, who was injured on Sunday, is hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 97 games. Neshek was 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 41 games.