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 Posted: Fri Oct 4th, 2013 10:47 pm
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NEW YORK -- New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery that likely will force him to miss the entire 2014 season.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure later this month, the organization announced.

Harvey had been steadfast in saying he planned to rehab and undergo a throwing program over a six- to eight-week period in order to be able to pitch next season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

General manager Sandy Alderson and other team officials, however, had portrayed that strategy as an uphill battle and regularly had suggested surgery was the likely route.

Harvey reached the surgery decision without ever going to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the planned throwing program. He recently had been getting physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Mets officials, gathered for planning meetings this week at the team's Florida complex, expected this result and had been plotting their offseason strategy to pursue starting pitching figuring Harvey would be unavailable.

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this past season, striking out 191 hitters in 178 1/3 innings while allowing 135 hits in his first full season with the team. His WHIP was 0.931.