It’s time once again for the New York Mets injury update, sponsored by the Hospital for Special Surgery — misdiagnosing Mets injuries for some time now.
First we have Matt Harvey, who is scheduled to meet with the famed Dr. James Andrews next Monday for a second opinion on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow (oh, only if Harvey were R.A. Dickey, who is absent of said ligament). For his part, Harvey said he is hopeful that he can avoid the dreaded surgery.
“Everything feels fine. My arm feels great,” Harvey said during a visit to a Manhattan firehouse Tuesday to mark the anniversary of 9/11. “I’m still very optimistic about everything. But I’m not a doctor, so we’ll see what happens.”
Doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down (that’s what she said!) before performing another MRI to see what is going on in there. Until then, no final decision will be made. But if surgery is the only option, Harvey said he will not wait.
“If we do go the surgery route, having it sooner so maybe I can get back in September next year if that’s an 11-month process, that’s a possibility. But, like I said, we haven’t gotten that far. I’m not an M.D., so I don’t really know those answers.”
Harvey, you may not know, is not a doctor. He just wants to make that clear.
Now to David Wright, who is rehabbing a strained hamstring. He vowed to be back on the field in 2013.
“I don’t think the clock is going to run out,” Wright said. “I think I’ll be back at least for a larger chunk of the remainder of the games. That’s kind of the goal, and I haven’t really even thought about not playing those games.”
Wright, by the way, is not a doctor, either.
Bobby Parnell has been trying at all costs to avoid surgery on the herniated disc in his neck. But all attempts at rehab have failed — he will undergo the procedure Tuesday in California, as far away from the Hospital for Special Surgery as possible. Good idea. Parnell should be ready for Spring Training.
And finally, Scott Rice’s sports hernia surgery is done and done. He’ll certainly join Parnell in the Mets bullpen in 2014.