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07:27 AM ET 09.09 | Those three words pro athletes don't like to hear -- Dr. James Andrews -- are now on the horizon. Matt Harvey, who has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, will receive a second opinion from [Andrews], likely within the coming week. The organization has not yet decided whether Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure that Andrews has performed on countless pitchers. Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated he's hoping the Mets will have a clear direction with Harvey by the third or fourth week of September. "Until we get that opinion and some confirmation of the exact extent of the injury, I don't think we'll have any update," Alderson said on the radio.

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September 9, 2013  08:55 AM ET

If Harvey has to miss half of next season to get healthy it does not matter because the Mets are years away from competing in their division.

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September 9, 2013  09:30 AM ET

the longer Harvey waits to have surgery the longer he will be out. Harvey will probably miss most of 2014 season anyway.

September 9, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Get the surgery done and over with already..... It's not rocket science. Leaving a weakened ligament in a high stress position, is ASKING for trouble down the road.

September 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET

I'm trying to figure out what's taking so long to get a diagnosis and prognosis?

September 9, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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the longer Harvey waits to have surgery the longer he will be out. Harvey will probably miss most of 2014 season anyway.

I'm trying to figure out what's taking so long to get a diagnosis and prognosis?

September 9, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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I'm trying to figure out what's taking so long to get a diagnosis and prognosis?

Harvey doesn't want to miss next year. He's a competitor - a fierce one, but sometimes they have to be protected from themselves......

September 9, 2013  10:12 AM ET

if this kid goes under the knife, it's seriously a blow for them, hope he come back electric in 2015

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September 9, 2013  12:21 PM ET
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Get the surgery done and over with already..... It's not rocket science. Leaving a weakened ligament in a high stress position, is ASKING for trouble down the road.

Agreed. How many times have wee seen this? The spend months trying to avoid surgery and then have to have it anyway.

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September 9, 2013  02:14 PM ET
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Harvey doesn't want to miss next year. He's a competitor - a fierce one, but sometimes they have to be protected from themselves......

You're probably right. But, at this point I think he should bite the bullet and get it done. As said earlier he'll miss most if not all of next year..................but it's still better to have a good future than one that's on a minute by minute alarm system.

September 9, 2013  05:43 PM ET
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If Harvey has to miss half of next season to get healthy it does not matter because the Mets are years away from competing in their division.

YEARS AWAY! Are you serious dude? Even without Harvey next year, they will at least be in the playoff race come September, mark my words! I fully expect them to be in the playoffs two years from now tops! If you are not a Met fan, and/or don't pay attention to the minor leagues, you have absolutely no idea just how many great arms are going to be coming up in the next year/two years for the Mets! Noah Syndergaar, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, just to name 3! I can give you 5 more, IF you really want to know! Add the plethora amount of money the team will have to spend on free agents and trades they can make due to the surplus of pitching, and the NY Mets will be a team to watch for in the next year/two years! Without Harvey, it will be tougher, trust me, but they CERTAINLY ARE NOT YEARS AWAY!

September 9, 2013  05:45 PM ET
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I'm trying to figure out what's taking so long to get a diagnosis and prognosis?

Being a Met fan & being here in NY, I do recall them saying on the sports talk radio that they had to wait 2 weeks for the swelling to go down? That being said, I would have thought a decision would have come by now! I am of the opinion he should just get it done already! I hate to lose him for a year.....I was just crushed when I heard the news.....like someone literally hit me in the stomach with a bat! (oh no not again.....GOD it is tough to be a Met fan)

September 9, 2013  06:19 PM ET
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Being a Met fan & being here in NY, I do recall them saying on the sports talk radio that they had to wait 2 weeks for the swelling to go down? That being said, I would have thought a decision would have come by now! I am of the opinion he should just get it done already! I hate to lose him for a year.....I was just crushed when I heard the news.....like someone literally hit me in the stomach with a bat! (oh no not again.....GOD it is tough to be a Met fan)

I'm not a Mets fan but I love seeing young talent come to the forefront and grab the headlines away from the established stars. I hope he can come back a better pitcher than when he left.

 
September 9, 2013  06:57 PM ET
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I'm not a Mets fan but I love seeing young talent come to the forefront and grab the headlines away from the established stars. I hope he can come back a better pitcher than when he left.

Yeah then if you like young talent, get ready to watch a really great young talented pitching staff (starters & bulllpen) from the Mets! I promise! Once Harvey comes back you will have a rotation of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and as I said earlier, I can put at least 3 or 4 more that are in triple A & double A that are not too far away! HARD throwing guys out of the pen too! That is why they think the Mets will be able to trade for bats, due to such a high amount of great young arms, but after seeing what happened to Harvey, I am hoping they avoid trading the young arms as much as possible....pitchers are one pitch away from never pitching again!

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