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Harvey undergoes MRI; Surgery possible

(Source: Jeremy Donovan)

NEW YORK -- Former Binghamton Met, Matt Harvey, underwent an MRI in New York on Monday.  The prognosis has him likely headed to the DL, shut down for the season, and maybe even going under the knife.  One of the best young arms in baseball was diagnosed with a partial tear of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament.

Typically, when a pitcher tears the UCL, they likely undergo Tommy John Surgery.  The surgery, which is becoming more and more common among professional players, typically requires a 12-month recovery period.

Harvey finished his start against the Tigers and All-Star Game counterpart Max Scherzer on Saturday complaining about elbow discomfort.  The discomfort he says, has been bothering him for a few starts but Saturday's was the worst.  The injury was evaluated, and finally the MRI conducted on Monday.  Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that they will allow the swelling to go down before evaluating whether or not their ace will have surgery.

Harvey says he will do everything possible to avoid surgery.  This year, his first full season in the majors, he has earned the reputation as a bulldog on the mound, so that type of response is expected.

His first full season has given Mets fans a lot to be excited about.  In 26 starts, Harvey has thrown 178.1 innings, recorded a 9-5 record, posted a 2.27 ERA, and amassed 191 strikeouts.  Joined mid-season by Zack Wheeler, the two have brought the fans to Citi Field in droves.  With the arrival of Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard expected some time in 2014, the loss of Harvey, potentially for all of 2014 has many Mets fans worried about the team's future.

All season long, the Mets have shown signs of brilliance, especially with Harvey toeing the rubber.  Many expected the front office to add a few bats in the offseason and rely on the young core of pitchers to make a serious run in the near future.  But now, those plans may be in jeopardy. 

We will keep an eye on the story as the Mets keep an eye on Harvey's right arm.

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