One of the biggest developments for the New York Mets this season was the maturity of starting pitcher Matt Harvey. Harvey developed into a superstar for the Mets, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts. Harvey also started the All Star Game at Citi Field and was beginning to soak up the media spotlight before his season abruptly ended with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. Harvey recently went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his elbow, and the results of that test headline this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes.
Matt Harvey Tries Rehab for Elbow:
The results of Matt Harvey's exam came back pretty well for the Mets, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Harvey will begin a rehab program over the next 6-8 weeks and reportedly will attempt to pitch again before deciding on his next course of action. Harvey commented on Twitter a few weeks back that he would pitch on Opening Day for the Mets next season, and this decision makes sense if Harvey has that goal. Harvey has told reporters that he does not have any tingling sensation or other symptoms typical of a torn UCL, and hopes to pitch while avoiding the knife. Other pitchers have managed to avoid Tommy John surgery, including Roy Halladay and Adam Wainwright (for five years). While the news is good for now, Harvey's elbow may be a ticking time bomb. While Halladay has managed to go years with needing Tommy John surgery, Dodgers' pitcher Chad Billingsley tried to rehab his elbow and needed surgery after only two starts this season. We will keep you up to date on all the latest about Matt Harvey's rehab on Mets 101.
David Wright Should Be Back this Weekend:
The Mets' other injured superstar, David Wright, should be back as soon as this weekend, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Wright attempted to come back for this series against the San Francisco Giants, but he was ruled out by manager Terry Collins. Collins indicated that Wright does not have any soreness in his hamstring, but rather general soreness from lack of baseball activity. Wright has not had an opportunity to play in any minor league rehab games since the team's minor league affiliates finished their seasons a few weeks ago, so he has been doing rehab work with the major league team. Collins expected Wright to return as soon as their weekend series in Philadelphia against the Phillies, and that he will definitely be back by the end of the season.
LaTroy Hawkins Doesn't Want to Retire:
LaTroy Hawkins has been a positive force for the Mets this season out of the bullpen. Hawkins, 40, is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 67 appearances this season, becoming a surprising leader for the Mets' bullpen. Hawkins has no intention of retiring, MetsBlog.com reports. Hawkins should be a welcome addition for the 2014 Mets' bullpen as he has veteran experience to help tutor the team's young relief corps. Manager Terry Collins feels the same way, as he has told reporters throughout the season that Hawkins has been valuable for his bullpen. Any bullpen could use a solid veteran presence, and Hawkins has established a groove here. It makes too much sense not to consider bringing him back as a set up man next season.
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