Tommy John Surgery
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.
New York’s 9-3 loss to the Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
The 25-year-old right-hander will attempt nonsurgical rehab on his injured ulnar collateral ligament. Cashman did not rule out season-ending, reconstructive “Tommy John” surgery.
General manager Sandy Alderson said there is nothing wrong with Matt Harvey. In fact the 25-year-old’s recovery might have been going too well.
Unless he’d like to face a revision surgery down the road — perhaps sooner than later — Matt Harvey would be wise to take direction from his medical team without a fight.
Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is simply doing too much too soon.
Matt Harvey is many things — headstrong, determined, even stubborn. But he’s also apparently very convincing, so much so that he may actually talk the Mets into allowing him to pitch this season.
The Mets ace wants to make a half-dozen starts before the end of the season, which many — check that, nearly everybody — wrote off when he had Tommy John surgery in October.
Ivan Nova is no longer an option for the Yankees in 2014.
Nova will be further examined Monday in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. He had no discomfort in his elbow until his final pitch Saturday when he felt a pop.
Parnell has elected to have reconstructive elbow surgery and is done for the season. With Parnell out, veteran Jose Valverde has taken over closing for the Mets.
Many have taken note of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball of late, and the reason for it is both straightforward and enigmatic.