NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The big day has arrived.
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday, though a decision on rehab versus reconstructive elbow surgery likely won’t be made right away.
“I am not going to make an immediate decision while I am down there,” Harvey said last week. “Whether it is another week or whatnot, I am going to talk to as many people as I can. If we do go the surgery route, having it sooner so maybe I can get back in September next year … it’s a possibility. We haven’t gotten that far.”
Harvey, diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, was still hoping that he could avoid Tommy John surgery, which would likely sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
Of course, if he chooses rehab and then needs the surgery later, he’ll be out for a whole lot longer.
“Everything feels fine, my arm feels great,” Harvey said. “I am still very optimistic about everything, but I am not a doctor so we will see what happens.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told WFAN radio earlier this month that the decision would come “by the end of September.” He also said Harvey will be the one making the final call.
“I think he’s got most of the control,” Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa. “I mean, it’s his body. He ultimately decides what’s in his best interest. All we can do is advise and recommend.”
The 24-year-old right-hander went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts this season.
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