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Mets' Harvey has Tommy John surgery

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NEW YORK (AP)

Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has had elbow-reconstruction surgery, and he will miss the entire 2014 season.

Tommy John

Tommy John surgery

Named for former major leaguer Tommy John (pictured), the first to successfully undergo the procedure in 1974, the surgery replaces a damaged ligament in the elbow with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.

Rehabilitation time is about one year for pitchers, and there is no guarantee that they will be able to make a full recovery to pre-surgery levels.

Dr. James Andrews performed the operation that repaired a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Harvey's right elbow on Tuesday. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes about a year.

The 24-year-old Harvey learned of the injury in August. The National League's starter in the All-Star game at Citi Field initially said he could strengthen the muscles around the ligament and avoid surgery.

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178 1-3 innings this year.

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