Such a bummer! New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is going to be out of the game for the rest of the 2016 season thanks to a terrible case of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. If you’ve never heard of it, here are five things you need to know about his condition.
Oh no! Matt Harvey, 27, is going to have to sit out during the rest of the 2016 MLB season. The pitcher of the New York Mets is suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and it’s gotten so bad that he needs to go in for surgery – ASAP! Here are five things to know about the injury.
1. It’s basically a pinched nerve. Matt’s muscles in his neck and shoulder are squeezing a nerve and causing him intense pain. That’s why he’s decided to cut his season short and deal with the problem as soon as possible.
2. The surgery is intense. In order to make space for his muscles to relax and stop hurting his nerve, surgeons will take out one of his ribs! That should decompress the area and let him gain feeling in his arm and hand again.
3. It will take 6 months to recover. Matt had to make the tough decision to end his season early to do the surgery now. He made this choice because he definitely can’t play his best with it, and with a 6 month recovery time, it would be better to do it now and be back to 100% by the 2017 season.
4. A nerve shot wouldn’t cut it. Fans have been asking why he can’t use a nerve-blocking agent to continue to play. “If there was a small window of a season, you might be able to take a shot,” agent Scott Boras told ESPN. “It’s actually Botox, which relaxes the muscles. That’s not a long-term solution.”
5. The injury has severely affected his playing. His record was abysmal this year, and his agent says this is why. “He just didn’t feel he had the command and feeling. He just didn’t really feel he was himself mechanically. He couldn’t stay behind the ball. He felt strong body-wise, but just something was there. Finally, when this thing got a little more pronounced, we said, ‘Let’s take a look at this potential option,’ and got him to Dr. Thompson. Sure enough, he strongly tested positive for TOS.”
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