Tommy John Surgery
Another year, another Yankees pitcher having serious elbow surgery.
The Mets said team medical director Dr. David Altchek operated in New York on Wednesday to reconstruct the 24-year-old right-hander’s ulnar collateral ligament.
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will have Tommy John surgery early next week and is expecting a 14-month rehabilitation, a schedule that would put him back in the major leagues in June 2016.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has a torn elbow ligament, a blow to a team hoping to compete for the playoffs following Matt Harvey’s return from Tommy John surgery.
With Josh Edgin lost for the season, the only other lefty relievers in camp are Sean Gilmartin and three pitchers with minor league contracts — Scott Rice, Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich.
It does seem likely that Tanaka — a fastball pitcher who’s had a UCL injury at such a young age — is destined for Tommy John surgery. The real question is, if not now, when?
The dream, of course, is that Matt Harvey will be dominant coming off Tommy John surgery. The reality says he’s 50-50 to resume his reign of terror on NL hitters until he actually starts proving it.
The countdown is on. In less than three months, Mets ace Matt Harvey will unleash the cannon at 100 percent for the first time since August 2013.
Jeremy Hefner’s setback this summer became a point of discussion regarding ace Matt Harvey, who also had Tommy John surgery in 2013.
Even if he successfully completes one or two 75-pitch starts without complaint, there is no assurance that Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery.
Mets manager Terry Collins could hardly contain his excitement, saying the club tried to keep Harvey at about 80 percent effort, and the All-Star still looked “very, very good.”
Matt Harvey is a tremendous talent. He can also cause one heck of a headache. Mets manager Terry Collins set the right-hander straight on Thursday.
You can’t stop Matt Harvey. You can only hope to contain him. And so far, the Mets have had a hard time reining in the ultra-competitive pitcher.
The Mets ace said it felt like “nothing had happened,” even though he’s just 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
The increase in Tommy John surgeries has been dramatic in recent years. But as doctors and other health-care providers learn more and more about the UCL injuries and how to prevent them, those numbers should go down.