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Mets’ Harvey to Meet Specialist to See If Surgery Is Necessary

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will meet with surgeon James Andrews this week to help determine if the right-hander will require reconstructive surgery on a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

Mets manager Terry Collins said before yesterday’s game that Harvey will see Andrews, though no date has been set. If Harvey, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 26, needs the ligament transplant procedure known as Tommy John surgery, he’d probably miss all of the 2014 season.

The 24-year-old Harvey, who was the starting pitcher for the National League in this year’s All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field, went 9-5 with a 2.27 earned run average this year.

When he was shut down, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said the determination of whether Harvey will need Tommy John surgery wouldn’t be made until after the swelling in his arm went down. Alderson said yesterday on MLB Network Radio that the Mets hope to know whether Harvey will need reconstructive surgery by the third or fourth week of September.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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