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New York Mets starter Matt Harvey has had a nightmarish 2016 season thus far and it could be ending in surgery.
Matt Harvey was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with right shoulder discomfort. He was sent to St. Louis for an examination.
On Thursday, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced that Harvey is suffering from symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome and could possibly undergo season ending surgery. Harvey could also go through a non-surgical injection treatment option.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a disorder caused by compressed nerves or blood vessels between the collarbone and rib cage, which can result in neck and shoulder pain and numbness.
Harvey has struggled so far this season, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA, appearing as a shell of himself on the mound.
Other than the bladder infection he suffered in Spring Training, there haven’t been any physical issues with the Dark Knight until now.
While his shoulder issue could make it more understandable for his struggles on the mound, surgery will keep him out for the rest of the season and leave the Mets without one of their young starters.
Losing a top starter is always a big blow to a team, but the Mets have so much depth in their rotation, that it shouldn’t completely derail them, especially if Zack Wheeler could come back strong in the second half of the season.