Matt Harvey might not take the mound again for the New York Mets this season due to a shoulder injury, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.
Alderson told reporters on Thursday that an examination earlier in the day by vascular specialist Dr. Robert Thompson found "symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome" in the ace MLB pitcher.
Harvey had been placed on the disabled list on Wednesday due to discomfort in his right shoulder.
"I have not talked to our doctors and I have not talked to Matt, so I cannot confirm which option Matt is going to pursue, but we should know that shortly," Alderson said.
Harvey could attempt to pitch through the pain with nerve-block injections, but he will need surgery at some point to fix the issue. That procedure would carry a four-month recovery time, putting the 2013 All-Star on the shelf until 2017 if he chooses to go that route immediately.
He is 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts this season, by far his worst in the majors. Logan Verrett will start in his place against the Washington Nationals on Saturday and the Mets will figure things out from there.