In a devastating blow to the New York Mets, right-hander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Monday.
Harvey will be placed on the disabled list and prescribed rest for now. Surgery has not been ruled out, the team said.
If Harvey required Tommy John surgery, he would miss most if not all of the 2014 season.
Harvey was sent Monday morning to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan after complaining of fatigue and mentioning discomfort following a 102-pitch start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. As part of that exam, Dr. David Altchek had Harvey undergo an MRI that revealed the tear.