Mets' Matt Harvey headed to DL with partially torn UCL

There's bad news for Matt Harvey and the Mets. (USATSI)
There's bad news for Matt Harvey and the Mets. (USATSI)

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Mets ace Matt Harvey is headed to the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, the team has announced. Such an injury, of course, often leads to Tommy John surgery, but, as CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports, the Mets will first try rest and then see whether the swelling subsides before opting for surgery.

Harvey, age 24, has pitched to a 2.27 ERA (159 ERA+), 0.931 WHIP and 6.16 K/BB ratio in this, his first full season at the major-league level. He was of course the NL starting pitcher for All-Star Game at Citi Field in July. 

The Mets for some time have planned to shut down Harvey at around the 200-inning mark (he's presently at 178 1/3). Now, though, losing Harvey for merely the rest of 2013 is probably a best-case scenario.

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