The choice has been made: Scott Boras tells ESPN’s Adam Rubin that his client Matt Harvey will undergo surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome. The surgery, which requires a recovery time of at least four months, will end Harvey’s season.
As we noted yesterday, thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that results from excess pressure on the nerves or blood vessels between the rib cage and collarbone that can cause pain in the shoulder and neck. The condition has caused Harvey to pitch poorly this year, resulting in a record of 4-10, an ERA of 4.86 and 76 strikeouts and 25 walks in 92.2 innings.
While, if everything goes well with his surgery, Harvey should be ready for spring training, there is a long list of pitchers who were never the same after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Good luck to Harvey in beating some tough odds against his return to dominance.