It’s not a good year to be Matt Harvey. Sure, the dude’s a stud, but he has had a really tough year. Punctuated by the fact that his entire season has been marred by a him suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. Which, for those of you who do not know what that is (like I didn’t) is a group of disorders that occur when certain blood vessels and/or nerves are compressed. Which also does not sound good at all. And, probably, is why his pitching has been all over the map this season. So, in a not entirely unpredictable move, Harvey has decided to forgo the remainder of his season in favor if undergoing surgery to remedy the syndrome.
“In 17 starts this season, the 27-year-old went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings. Last season, Harvey pitched a career-high 216 innings between the regular season and postseason. He was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 regular-season starts and 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four playoff starts.
Harvey has struggled all season but didn’t reveal any physical problems until after his most recent start, when he allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Sunday.
“He came in the training room afterwards and said that his shoulder was dead, his arm was dead, that there was no energy there and that he couldn’t feel the ball,” Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB.com on Thursday.
It’s the latest injury setback for the defending National League champions, who have confirmed that fellow starters Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are pitching with bone spurs in their elbows.”
I’m no doctor, but I definitely think that when your shoulder is literally dead, you should probably get it checked out.