Mets RHP Matt Harvey underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
The surgery was performed Monday, July 18, by preeminent TOS surgeon Dr. Thompson in St. Louis.
The surgery removed a rib that is constricting nerves and blood vessels - that travel through his shoulder - where the rib connects to the upper spine. Removing the rib creates space and alleviates the constriction, which will restore feeling in Harvey's pitching arm and fingers.
"Terry and I met with Matt, and although we all feel badly for him, we expressed our support in this decision and know he will work as hard as possible to get back on the field for the 2017 season," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a statement on July 8.
The alternative, which is a nerve-blocking, Botox injection, both Scott Boras and Alderson explained to reporters, would be only a short-term fix, with surgery still a likely possibility.
"The doctors clearly recommended that he have this done, mainly so that he can be ready for 2017," Boras told ESPN.com in early July. "The rehab on this is six months. ... The only way this is going to be treated appropriately -- and obviously we don't want to do anything to affect next year -- is to get this surgically taken care of."
According to Boras, Harvey's TOS is why he underperformed this season, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts.
"He just didn't feel he had the command and feeling," Boras explained. "He just didn't really feel he was himself mechanically."
Mets reliever and go-to spot starter Logan Verrett will take Harvey's place in the rotation for now, Terry Collins said before the All-Star break.
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has experienced a two setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until the end August, early September, according to multiple reports.
July 8, 2016: According to FanDuel's injury expert Will Carroll, who can follow here, plenty of pitchers have had this surgery, which takes about six months to get back on a mound. As Boras said, at least explains some of why Harvey's mechanics have been off, which undoubtedly had his mind messed up, and down and down he went. Between this, the TJ surgery, innings limits last year and his blood clot from Spring Training, the kid clearly isn't catching any breaks. I have no idea what to expect from him at this point. And, much like when he disappeared in 2013, I'm afraid he'll be out of sight, out of mind until he gets back throwing on a mound. I know he'll grind it back with the best of them, and I wish him the best of luck. See you in 2017, Matt...