Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey speaks about his injury during a press conference before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. It was announced today that Harvey has a partially torn UCL. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey feels he will avoid Tommy John surgery

Despite the prognosis looking less than good, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey feels optimistic that he’ll avoid the dreaded Tommy John surgery on his partially torn UCL.

Per Jeff Roberts:

Matt Harvey going to see Dr. Andrews on Monday. He remains ‘optimistic.’ #Mets

While Harvey may feel optimistic, we’ll see if he feels that way next week after the meeting.

The partially torn UCL is an injury that likely needs an operation to restore it back to its original setting, however, a few players (most notably Roy Halladay on the Philadelphia Phillies) have avoided surgery with nothing more than rest.

If Harvey is to undergo the Tommy John surgery, he’ll miss all of the 2014 season and the longer he waits, it may dip into the early parts of the 2015 season.

Of course, if Harvey decides to avoid surgery all together and the injury doesn’t repair itself with rest, it could be a devastating situation.

No matter how it’s sliced, it’s a tough call for the Mets and Harvey.

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