Twitter Reacts to Matt Harvey's Elbow Injury, Possible Tommy John Surgery

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Pitcher Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets talks to the media about his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) on August 26, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Both the New York Mets and their beleaguered fanbase had high hopes for 2014, with Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate catching a pair of young aces, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

Monday afternoon, those hopes were crushed, with multiple outlets (including Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal) reporting that Harvey may not be part of that equation for quite some time:

Before Mets fans begin running across the Grand Central Parkway at rush hour, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan is quick to point out that not all partial UCL tears wind up requiring Tommy John surgery—but they usually do:

Speaking of the St. Louis ace, not even Wainwright has ever put a season together that was as dominant as the one Harvey was in the midst of, as noted by CSN Philly's Corey Seidman:

That's a pretty exclusive club right there, and, for those who somehow weren't aware of just how terrific Harvey was, it helps to explain some of the fan reaction on Twitter as the news broke:

The original Star Wars would have played out quite differently had that happened, just as the Mets future is going to should Harvey need to go under the knife.

Some fans are looking for someone—or something—to blame for this horrible news:

Others didn't have to look very far for their scapegoat:

Passan goes on to wonder whether a game Harvey pitched three years ago in college was the start that made today's news an inevitability:

Another UNC alum, and one of Harvey's teammates with the Tar Heels, Houston's Alex White, underwent Tommy John surgery in April after blowing out his elbow.

Coincidence? Maybe. Or perhaps it's more than that.

On the other hand, Craig Calcaterra from NBC Sports' Hardball Talk doesn't believe that Harvey's injury has anything to do with what he's done on a pitcher's mound:

Arizona's Daniel Hudson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and re-tore the ligaments in his right elbow again in June, requiring a second round with the surgery, is hoping that his fellow hurler doesn't need to experience what he's currently going through:

Even players from one of the Mets most hated rivals, the Atlanta Braves, couldn't help but chime in with their support:

That says something about Freddie Freeman's character, as the Braves first baseman has never recorded a hit in six career at-bats against Harvey, striking out twice.

CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman points out that August 26 has become the new Friday the 13th for bright, young pitchers:

That's not just a coincidence—that's crazy.

But when it comes to accurate, poignant tweets, none beat those from former MLB first baseman Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network and's Anthony Castrovince:

Not only have the Mets been robbed of the ace of their staff and had their hearts ripped out, but all of baseball loses out on watching one of the brightest young pitchers in recent memory finish out what has been a historically-dominant season, one that could have culminated with a NL Cy Young Award.

Now, all we can do is hope for the best and wait for the worst.