Matt Harvey to undergo Tommy John Surgery, out all of 2014

Posted: October 4, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by USA Today

Photo by USA Today

Well the inevitable finally happened, Mets RHP Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John Surgery later this month and will miss all of the 2014 season. It never seemed like avoiding surgery was realistic for Harvey according to Sandy Alderson. “At the team level, I think we always assumed at some point Matt would reach this conclusion”. Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

The Mets seemed to be pushing Harvey all along to just get the surgery over with, not trying to tamper with his 2015 season. “We were going to force the issue at some point this offseason to ensure he would be ready for 2015” a Mets official told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

This is a tough day for Mets fans but now we can finally put this issue behind us. The original plan was for the Mets to evaluate his arm strength in the Arizona Fall League after some serious rehab and conditioning. Harvey was probably never going to reach the AFL this November and now the Mets can simply focus on not replacing his production, but merely his innings. Whoever the Mets bring in to replace Harvey, he will most likely be a #4 starter so the Mets will clearly miss Harvey.

Some names to consider that the Mets could bring in are guys like Tim Lincecum, Josh Johnson and Phil Hughes. Interestingly, Terry Collins today mentioned to reporters some names the Mets will look at and Roy Halladay was the first name he mentioned.

Unfortunately now Harvey will miss all of 2014 and will likely be on an innings limit again in 2015.  It probably puts Jon Niese back on track to start Opening Day with Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee as the only three starters guaranteed rotation spots next spring. The Mets are unlikely to give a spot to top prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom out of Spring Training,

Can the Mets contend next year without their ace?

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Great article. Now we know. I like all the names that you have mentioned. My pick if he still has anything left in the tank is Tim Lincecum. My Yankee fan friends have been complaining about Phil Hughes for years but NYY fans have far less patience than Mets fans and there would be less pressure on Phill as a 4th or 5th starter for the Mets than at any spot in the NYY rotation so maybe he could be the guy. Josh Johnson is, in my mind, the biggest question mark. He ascended and decended quickly. My gut tells me he is a risk but my gut has been wrong in the past. Who would have thought that a 36 year old Marlon Byrd, obviously not a pitcher, would have had the kind of year that he has had, Roy Halliday would be like having another pitching coach. He would be great for the young starters and would demonstrate the kind of competitiveness that young guys need to develop and emulate but does he have anything left? We will all soon find out what happens because obviously the Mets need to do something. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike it would definitely benefit Hughes to get out of the bandbox that is known as Yankee Stadium but to me at best he is a back end starter. Mets want to get a guy who can give them close to 200 innings but also have a little bit of upside here and that is what Tim Lincecum can bring. I have no idea if he is looking for a short term deal to reestablish value, or is simply looking for one last big payday. We will see.
      Josh Johnson had surgery not that long ago and is a question mark for Spring Training and the Mets need more of a sure thing right now. Thanks for the comment!

  2. josh says:

    What about Mejia? I thought he proved that he at least deserved a look for this year. I’d start off with Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Mejia, and Montero, and sign a veteran for backup (Dice-K).

    • Steven Inman says:

      Appreciate the comment Josh. The plan as of now is Montero starts the year in the minors. As for Mejia, the Mets brass are still unsure on whether he is a starter or a reliever. I think he showed enough this year for him to continue as a starter. He should go to camp competing for one of the two open rotation spots.

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