RHP Matt Harvey has symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, and the struggling Mets star could be facing season-ending surgery to treat a serious condition that has jeopardized the career of other major league pitchers.
GM Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis Thursday after Harvey was examined in St. Louis by a specialist, Dr. Robert Thompson. Alderson said a decision on surgery is likely to come in a few days.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of nerves, blood vessels or both in the area between the neck and armpit. After his start Monday, the 27-year-old complained of some common symptoms, which include numbness in fingers and shoulder discomfort. The former ace was seen by Mets doctors, referred to Thompson for further examination and placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Another temporary treatment option is a "nerve block" that might help Harvey return fairly quickly, but surgery is probably inevitable at some point and the operation usually requires a four-month recovery period, Alderson said.
Harvey's 4-10 in 17 starts with a 4.86 ERA. He hasn't won since May 30, but he and the club insisted all season he was healthy.
STAR CHANGES: Cardinals rookie SS Aledmys Diaz will replace his teammate, INF Matt Carpenter, on the NL roster for the All-Star Game. Carpenter was placed on the DL (strained right oblique). The AL also made a change, with Indians RHP Corey Kluber stepping in for Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada, who was put on the DL (back).
WRIGLEY FALL: A man was carted off Wrigley Field after he apparently fell from the bleachers onto the warning track during a rain delay. The man was face down in right-center when officials started running to assist him. They put on a brace to stabilize his neck before strapping him onto a backboard and loading him into a cart. There was no word on the man's name or his condition.
BRAVES: INF Gordon Beckham was activated from the DL and designated utility player Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment.
TWINS: Pitching coach Neil Allen rejoined the team, six weeks after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.