Tommy John Surgery
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.
The right-hander raised eyebrows on Twitter over the weekend when he wrote “2014 Harvey day will happen,” an apparent response to some tweets about prospect Noah Syndergaard.
The recent activities of Matt Harvey and Manny Banuelos would have seemed inconceivable back in 1974, the year a brilliant surgeon named Dr. Frank Jobe started piecing torn-apart pitching elbows back together.
The surgery has become common practice for pitchers and players at every level of baseball, including Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, Washington star Stephen Strasburg and Milwaukee’s Tim Hudson.
Unlike teammate Eric Young Jr., who arrived happily at camp and enthusiastically shook hands, fist-bumped or hugged almost every player, Harvey was quiet and reserved.