Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch on Sunday morning that starter Matt Harvey will see Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.
Harvey has maintained that he wants to avoid surgery and rehab his torn ulnar collateral ligament instead, even suggesting to fans that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2014 season. But a torn UCL diagnosis pretty much always leads to the Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure and Andrews happens to be the world-leader in performing them.
Alderson said last week that the decision to undergo Tommy John surgery will ultimately come down to Harvey because “it’s his body” and he “ultimately decides what’s in his best interest.”
Harvey, 24, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in his first 237 2/3 major league innings.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.