Bruce Wayne is down and out once again, and to make matters worse, Gotham has never needed him more than right now. Matt Harvey, the face of the New York Mets and a superhero to so many of the team’s beleaguered fans, will miss the remainder of 2016 due to surgery that will correct Thoracic Outlet syndrome in his upper body. The Mets have not officially confirmed this, but Harvey’s agent Scott Boras reported to ESPN on Friday that the operation is inevitable for the 27-year-old, as the only other remedy, Botox injections, will only help temporarily.
“The doctors clearly recommended that he have this done, mainly so that he can be ready for ’17,” Boras said to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Thompson is expected to operate on Harvey in St. Louis at some point next week.
The condition explains why Harvey has been so uncharacteristically terrible in 2016. After a 2015 when he led New York to the NL Pennant, Harvey is 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 2016. Though Terry Collins and the Mets are hoping that this operation will give them the old Matt Harvey back, it also leaves the team with an incredible void in their pitching staff. Noah Syndergaard has pitched out of his mind all season despite a bone spur in his elbow, Steven Matz has battled the same issue but has also been very effective. But, how long will the two young phenoms be able to keep it up when they both are not at 100%. With Jacob deGrom also somewhat struggling and Harvey now gone once again, the Mets contention in the air-tight NL East could be in serious jeopardy.
Harvey was on top of the baseball world in 2013 when it was revealed he needed Tommy John surgery. After a 2014 away, Harvey returned to top form and helped the Mets out of the wastelands. This whole situation begs one question: will the Dark Knight rise again?