Harvey tweets he plans to be back April 1
A day after learning he has a partially ligament in his pitching elbow, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey indicated he planned to bypass Tommy John surgery and pitch next season.
Harvey took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon with an optimistic message:
Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1.— Matt Harvey (@MattHarvey33) August 27, 2013
Multiple Mets officials reacted to the tweet by saying there is no new information available to come to that conclusion, and Harvey's tweet may just be based on optimism.
"If that's his tweet, that's his tweet," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Tuesday's game at Citi Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Alderson said Monday and again Wednesday that doctors would wait two to three weeks for inflammation to subside before taking another MRI, which would produce a clearer picture of the extent Harvey's partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
No decision about undergoing Tommy John surgery would be made until then, according to Alderson. The surgery would force Harvey to miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season.
"The plan here is we're going to wait a couple of weeks, at least," Alderson said on the Mike Lupica show on ESPN New York 98.7 Wednesday. "I think the doctors also believe that we should wait a couple of weeks, three weeks, and then test it -- see if he's hurting, see if he's not hurting.
"I know Matt had a long conversation yesterday with Roy Halladay, who is here with Philadelphia," Alderson said. "Halladay said that, look, I had the same problem 10 years ago and I still haven't had surgery. So there is some reason for hope in that regard. So I don't think that when Matt tweeted that it was just because he's in deep denial. There's some possibility this can be avoided."
The Mets officially placed Harvey on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
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