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Morning Briefing: Harvey visits Andrews

9/16/2013

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have their final day off of the season Monday, but Matt Harvey will have an eventful day.

Harvey is due to have his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament examined by Dr. James Andrews to help determine whether Tommy John surgery is required, which is the expectation.

Harvey said last week that he would not make an immediate decision after Andrews offers a medical opinion.

When the Mets return to Citi Field, Zack Wheeler will oppose Yusmeiro Petit in Tuesday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Wheeler already has faced his former organization once this season -- earning the win on July 10 at AT&T Park, when he limited the Giants to one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings in a 7-2 victory.

Petit, 28, is a former Mets farmhand now with his fifth organization. Two starts ago, he came within one out of a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Petit originally was traded by the Mets with Mike Jacobs and Grant Psomas to the Marlins for Carlos Delgado on Nov. 24, 2005.

David Wright may also return as soon as Tuesday from a right hamstring strain that has sidelined him since Aug. 2.

Monday’s news reports:

Travis d’Arnaud delivered a two-out single in the 12th to plate Lucas Duda with the game’s lone run as the Mets beat the Marlins, 1-0, Sunday at Citi Field. D’Arnaud had been hitless in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position before driving in the run. The Mets have now played 55 extra innings this season -- five innings shy of matching the franchise record, set in 1979 and duplicated in ’85. Dillon Gee tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He has a 2.42 ERA over his past 20 starts.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and MLB.com.

• Tim Rohan in the Times discusses Harvey’s upcoming decision, including how Andrews by feel can tell precisely how unstable the elbow is with the partial UCL tear. Writes Rohan:

About two years ago, David Aardsma faced a similar decision to what Matt Harvey does now. Aardsma had a 50 percent tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and his doctor, Lewis A. Yocum, told him he could rehabilitate, continue to pitch and hope it held up, or have Tommy John surgery. Yocum, who died in May, said it was too close for him to call.

The choice was up to Aardsma, but Yocum told him this: If he chose the surgery, there was an 85 percent chance he would come back fine. That scared Aardsma because there was still a 15 percent chance he would not. He decided against surgery, and about seven weeks into rehabilitation, the rest of the ligament tore.

• Marc Carig in Newsday chats with Wilmer Flores.

LaTroy Hawkins, who has 10 saves this year, is not ready to retire, writes Brian Giuffra in the Record. Hawkins turns 41 in December.

BIRTHDAYS: Orel Hershiser turns 55. … Chris “The Animal” Carter is 31. … Desi Relaford turns 40.

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