NEW YORK — Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher that had given the foundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about its future.
For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.
“It was tough. Obviously it was the last thing I was expecting when I went this morning,” Harvey said Monday. “I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.”
The National League’s All-Star game starter on his home field this July, Harvey has been experiencing forearm tenderness for some time but he could not pinpoint exactly when it began. The discomfort increased during his start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, when he allowed a career-high 13 hits.
Harvey admitted he was tired against the Tigers, the 26th start of his first full season in the major leagues, and manager Terry Collins said he noticed Harvey’s pitches weren’t as crisp, a sign of fatigue.
But Collins didn’t know Harvey had any issues with his forearm until Sunday and the ace went for an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery a day later.
“Nothing is shooting in my elbow at all. That’s not the issue,” Harvey said. “When I heard the news, I was pretty shocked. I’m still very optimistic.”
The seventh pick overall of the 2010 draft, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 178ª innings pitched and was a top candidate for the NL Cy Young Award.
Padres bring up two
The San Diego Padres have promoted outfielder Reymond Fuentes and right-hander Anthony Bass from Triple-A Tucson.
The 22-year-old Fuentes is looking for his major league debut. He batted .330 in 107 games with Tucson and Double-A San Antonio this season.
Bass is in his third stint with the Padres this season. The right-hander has no record and a 4.28 ERA in 19 games.
Reddick placed on DL
DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a sprained right wrist.
He injured the wrist on Sunday and was hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 97 games.
• Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler is out of the game against San Francisco because of a left lateral knee bruise.
The Rockies said Monday night that he is day to day.
• The Philadelphia Phillies have placed outfielder Casper Wells on the disabled list because of vision problems two days after he took the loss as an emergency pitcher in an 18-inning game.