Roy Halladay is more machine than man, so admittedly, he's not the best person to derive wisdom from on the subject ... but Halladay spoke with Matt Harvey this week and told him that in a similar situation 10 years ago, he didn't need surgery.
That's what Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN 98.7 on Wednesday. Harvey has a partially torn UCL, the ligament that, when torn, almost always leads to Tommy John surgery. The Mets and Harvey haven't yet decided whether the ace of aces will go under the knife and miss 10-12 months.
If Halladay tore his UCL a decade ago, it would have been 2004, when he made just 21 starts because of a tired arm. The next year he missed 13-15 more starts after a line drive broke his leg. But from 2006-11, he made 194 starts and went 109-49 with a 2.86 ERA and 46 complete games. So ... not having surgery didn't affect Halladay much at all.
Doc and Harvey have another thing in common. They're two of only four pitchers in major-league history to strike out at least 191 men in a season while walking no more than 31. The others are Cliff Lee last season and Cy Young in 1904-05.
Halladay's Phils continue their series against Harvey's Mets on Wednesday night, when Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62) faces Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00).
Hamels has, of course, struggled against the Mets in his career. He's 6-12 vs. them lifetime and is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA against them in his last two starts.
But the Met who has done by far the most damage off Hamels is David Wright, who is out with a hamstring injury. Wright is a career .339 hitter off Hamels with eight extra-base hits in 59 at-bats.