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Monday, September 09, 2013

Mets News: Matt Harvey will get second opinion from Dr. Andrews this week

Mets News:

Matt Harvey has already had his elbow re-examined since his diagnosis of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a source told the Daily News. He will now get an official second opinion from renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews this week, GM Sandy Alderson told MLB radio.

A source also told The Daily News that while the organization has not conceded that the 24-year-old ace will need the surgery, which would cost him most if not all of the 2014 season, some within the organization are growing more resigned to the idea after the second exam.

Harvey has been publicly optimistic that he can avoid Tommy John surgery by resting the elbow and strengthening the muscles around it. The team privately feels he will need the surgery.

After the initial diagnosis, Harvey was shut down and the team was hoping to have him re-evaluated after swelling and inflammation went down in the elbow, allowing for a better image of the tear on an MRI.

Last week, Alderson said the team expects Harvey to make a decision on how to proceed by the end of the month, or very shortly after. The GM did not return a message left Sunday.

Monday would be exactly 14 days since Harvey was diagnosed with the torn UCL. Harvey, who started the All-Star Game for the National League at Citi Field in July, finished the season 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA.

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