Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season.
Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Harvey, 24, will soon begin a throwing program designed to last as long as six to eight weeks. If he feels pain or other symptoms that hinder his pitching, he likely will need the operation, which probably would likely sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
The decision was announced Tuesday evening at Citi Field, one day after Harvey was examined by Dr. James Andrews. He pitcher was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament by Mets doctors on Aug. 26.
Harvey said Andrews tested his elbow and told him he believed it was “very stable.”
“I’ve never had actual pain,” Harvey said. “For me it just felt like, why jump into surgery?”
Wrist surgery for Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season.
All-Star left-hander Brett Cecil is also being shut down for the final 13 games with a sore elbow.
Encarnacion sat out four games last week with soreness in his wrist. He returned to play all three games of a weekend series against Baltimore, but had just one hit in 12 at-bats. Encarnacion ranks third in the majors with 36 home runs this season, while his 104 RBI are the fourth-highest total.
Manager John Gibbons said there is no structural damage to Encarnacion’s wrist. The surgery, which will clean up scar tissue and repair damaged cartilage, requires about two months of recovery, meaning Encarnacion should be fully recovered before spring training.
A first-time All-Star this season, Cecil went 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 60 games. The five-year veteran struck out 70 batters in 60⅔ innings while walking just 23. Gibbons said Cecil has been dealing with soreness for about a month and is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the cause of the pain.
Knee injury sidelines Astros’ Castro
Houston All-Star catcher Jason Castro was placed on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his right knee, ending his season. He had a cyst in his right knee drained on Sept. 3 and appeared in two games at designated hitter.