NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Injured Mets ace Matt Harvey has been examined by Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.
The 24-year-old right-hander was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament when he saw Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on Aug. 26. Harvey hopes to avoid reconstructive surgery, which would sideline him for 2014.
Harvey traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to see Andrews on Monday. The Mets say they expect to have additional information Tuesday.
“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 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.
The Mets feel Harvey “is close to making a decision,” according to the New York Daily News.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told WFAN radio earlier this month that the decision should come “by the end of September.” He also said Harvey would 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 NL starter in this year’s All-Star game at Citi Field, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178 1-3 innings.
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