Mets ace Matt Harvey initially attempted to avoid Tommy John surgery on his partially torn UCL by taking the rest-and-rehab approach. However, eventually he and the Mets faced the inevitable and opted for surgery. On that front, this Tuesday tweet from the Mets ...
RHP Matt Harvey today underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.— New York Mets (@Mets) October 22, 2013
That's excellent news, of course, but now begins the long rehab process that will almost certainly cause Harvey to miss the entirety of the 2014 season.
With that said, the future remains bright, assuming a full recovery. Harvey is just 24 years of age, and in 237 2/3 career innings at the highest level he's put up some excellent numbers: 2.39 ERA, 152 ERA+, 0.99 WHIP and 4.58 K/BB. He's perhaps headed for a top five finish in the NL Cy Young balloting this season, even though he didn't make a start after Aug. 24.
Harvey is very likely to return to form after an ample layoff, but don't make the mistake of thinking Tommy John surgery offers any airtight guarantees, even in 2013.