I don't remember exactly when it started, but at some point while I was having lunch on Monday afternoon, I remember feeling a little off.

I felt like I was in a fog, though I didn't quite have a headache.

My appetite was fading, and it wasn't from the otherwise delicious chicken quesadilla I was picking at.

Something just felt... off. Like something wasn't right in the universe.

Unfortunately, as we all found out, there was a disturbance in the force.

By now, you know. Matt Harvey, the ace and face of the New York Mets, has finally shown some baseball mortality.

The 24-year-old with the golden right arm was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in that golden right arm, an elbow injury that usually ends in Tommy John surgery and a 12-16 month recovery time.

Suddenly, the wunderkind who had it all, the guy who would lead the Mets back to relevance in 2014, may not get back on a big-league mound until 2015.

I really, really wish it could've just been bad guacamole.

Now, the Mets and Mets fans have to do the near impossible task of moving on without Matt Harvey, who is hoping to avoid surgery at this time.

As "The Injury Expert" Will Carroll discussed, trying to avoid surgery is usually a good gameplan, though it may be fruitless. But even if Harvey waits until December to relent and go under the knife, it may not delay his recovery a significant amount.

Jonah Keri on Grantland did his best to try to calm the conspiracy theories that somehow the Mets are to blame for the injury. The truth is, these things just happen. They can happen to anybody who hurls a baseball for a living.

We're not doctors, as Greg Prince reminds us. We're also not psychics that could've seen this coming. We're simply tragically flawed human beings, and despite months of seemingly defying this, we now know that Harvey is, too.

In a season full of silver linings, we've been reminded in as harsh a way possible that the dark clouds are still present.

But the show must go on, as they say. With this major blow, the Mets will have to get pretty creative this offseason if they intend to build on the foundation in place. Throwing in the towel is not an option.

The Mets will press on, and so will Harvey. An elbow injury is often a devastating blow, but many, many players have survived and come back strong. I have faith that Harvey will, too. It's not in his nature to feel sorry for himself and pack it in.

Whenever the day comes that Matt Harvey is back on a major league mound for these Metropolitans, it will be a day to rejoice, to appreciate what we have. It'll be the Harvey Day to end all Harvey Days.

Until then, there's not much to say, other than good luck, and get well soon.


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