Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher that had given the floundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about the future.
For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.
‘‘It was tough. Obviously it was the last thing I was expecting when I went this morning,’’ Harvey said Monday. ‘‘I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.’’
The National League’s All-Star Game starter this July, Harvey has been experiencing forearm tenderness that increased during his start Saturday against Detroit, when he allowed a career-high 13 hits.
The seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 178⅓ innings.
Moore due back
Matt Moore will return to Tampa Bay’s rotation Sept. 3 at the Angels, manager Joe Maddon said. The lefthander has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a sore elbow. He is 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA . . . Oakland placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day DL with a sprained right wrist. Reddick, who injured the wrist Sunday, is hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 97 games . . . The Phillies placed outfielder Casper Wells on the DL because of vision problems two days after he took the loss as an emergency pitcher in an 18-inning game. Overall, he was batting .128 with one RBI in 94 at-bats this season . . . Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt has a partially torn elbow ligament, but the righthander, who will not pitch again this season, said he will opt to have platelet-rich plasma therapy instead of Tommy John surgery in the hope of returning sooner.
Astros refute Forbes
Forbes reported that the MLB-worst Astros (44-86) are on pace for the most profitable season in league history. Later Monday, the franchise refuted the report, citing “significantly inaccurate” financial information used by Forbes. With a payroll that opened at $26 million and has since been cut in half — only Erik Bedard ($1.15 million) makes over $1 million — the team was estimated to make $99 million in operating income.