The New York Mets plan to hold off a few more weeks before making a determination on whether injured pitcher Matt Harvey will need Tommy John surgery on the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
"We're going to wait three weeks and test it, to see if he's hurting," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "(Harvey) spoke to Roy Halladay yesterday and Halladay said, "I had the same problem 10 years ago and I still haven't had the surgery.' There is reason to hope in that regard."
Harvey and the Mets are hoping to avoid surgery. Harvey said Tuesday that he expects to be ready to pitch again by April 1.
"What Matt tweeted wasn't because he was in deep denial," Alderson said. "There is some possibility that this can be avoided. Is there a risk it can tear further? Yes. Does that make any difference? If he doesn't have the surgery, there will always be the risk. There is still some possibility that surgery will not occur and Matt will decide to do something else."
But losing the 24-year-old Harvey is a blow for the Mets. The National League's All-Star Game starter was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 26 starts for New York this year. His last outing was Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.
"This is a setback -- no questions about that," Alderson said. "But this is what happens in baseball. ... This is not a situation where everything is tied to one cornerstone individual, where if that guy isn't there, everything goes out the window."