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Mets' Harvey to have Tommy John surgery

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New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who was the National League's starting pitcher in this year's All-Star Game, has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery that probably will sideline him for the entire 2014 season.

The Mets made the announcement that Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery later this month to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Harvey, 24, had said he wanted to avoid surgery by rehabilitating the injury and undergoing a throwing program of 6-8 weeks in hopes of pitching next season.

However, team officials said then that surgery was a possibility. Now the Mets hope he can regain his form in 2015.

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this past season, striking out 191 hitters in 178 1/3 innings. He lost his last two decisions and did not pitch after August 24.

Losing Harvey creates a major void in the Mets 2014 rotation.
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