Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw all but guaranteed himself another Cy Young award with yet another incredible season and has put himself into the NL MVP discussion. Even though Kershaw leads all of baseball in ERA, there were those that believed Mets phenom Matt Harvey deserved the award.
Harvey started the All-Star Game over Kershaw at Citi Field, which caused quite a stir at the time. However, Harvey saw his velocity dip and hadn’t been pitching as deep into games recently and it was uncovered that he was dealing with a serious injury according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com:
In a devastating blow to the New York Mets, right-hander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Monday.
Harvey was shutdown after making 10 starts last season and was having a great season before this injury. He was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and has 191 strikeouts in 178.1 innings pitched this season.
It sounds like the plan is for Harvey to rehab the injury for the next two-to-three weeks before the Mets medical team determines whether or not he should have Tommy John surgery.
While Kershaw seemed like a lock to win the Cy Young before Harvey’s injury, it seems inevitable at this point, but hopefully Harvey makes a full recovery and comes back stronger.
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