New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has thoracic outlet syndrome. What does this mean? It means he’s going to get shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. Harvey has a loss of feeling in his arm and fingers, and this surgery should correct it so he’ll be available for the start of 2017. Their were rumors initially that he could get an injection and that would help Harvey short term. But his agent Scott Boras said that the doctors recommend surgery, instead.
Harvey is having a rough year for New York. He’s just 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA. Having said that, losing Harvey is still a big blow to the starting staff. They’re already waiting on Zack Wheeler to come back from Tommy John surgery. Bartolo Colon is 43 years old and it’s unknown how effective he’ll be as the season goes on. Luckily, the Mets have some of the best pitching depth in the league, so it might not be a detrimental blow. But what does this mean for New York when it comes to the postseason?
The Mets are currently in second place in the National League East. The Washington Nationals have a slim lead, but that’s not the only team in the division that the Mets have to worry about going forward. The Miami Marlins trail the Mets by just a couple of games for the second spot in the division. When it comes to the wild card race, although the Mets have a slight lead, the Dodges and Cardinals are right behind them. The streaking Pirates are also beginning to make some noise.
On the offensive side, it hasn’t been pretty. They currently rank 28th in runs, 27th in batting average and 22nd and on base percentage. The pitching staff has carried the team all season long, but now we’ve gotten to the point where the Mets cannot afford to lose another pitcher.
As we head to the All-Star break, we’ll have plenty of story lines to follow when the regular season resumes. One of those story lines: Will last years National League champion be missing from October baseball?