Anthony DiComo of MLB.com is reporting that the New York Mets players are pleased with Matt Harvey’s decision to opt for Tommy John surgery even if it means that he may miss all of the 2014 season.
David Wright added his thoughts on the issue.
“I’m almost relieved a little bit knowing that the thing’s going to get done,” captain David Wright said in a telephone interview Friday evening. “Knock on wood, hopefully it isn’t an issue for the rest of his career.”
Wright also shared what he would do in that same situation.
“He was torn,” Wright recalled. “I told him numerous times, ‘If it was me and I was in the same situation, I would have the surgery.’
Harvey had partially torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow which almost always results in a Tommy John surgery for a Major League Pitcher. Harvey had thrown around the idea of just giving it rest to see if it would heal enough on its own to allow him to pitch in 2014. Earlier in the week he decided that he would indeed go through with the surgery.
I think he made the right decision. Let’s face it, the Mets are not going to contend for anything next year, even with the uber-talented Harvey. New York’s well documented financial struggles involving the owners of the Mets are going to prevent them from making any type of splash in the free agent market. This team is playing for 2015 at best.