NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey had no interest in speaking about his sudden optimism about potentially avoiding Tommy John surgery.
"I gave a press conference," the New York Mets' ace tersely said Wednesday, referring to the announcement two days ago that he has a partially torn elbow ligament.
The Mets sought out Halladay to speak with Harvey because of the similarity of their injuries, although Halladay said his issue ultimately ended up being more related to the flexor pronator.
"It just sounded similar to what I had," Halladay said. "I was talking to [Mets manager] Terry Collins, and he asked if I'd talk to him. We just talked a little bit about some of the strengthening stuff I did. Most every pitcher is going to have changes in the UCL, so once they get the inflammation down and he gets that second opinion, if it turns out that it's not something that has to be repaired ... it sounded to me that it's very similar to what I had.
"Really, it was a strengthening program we started during the winter, doing a lot of wrist and forearm manual exercises and some different treatments. ... So I just shared that with him and what I went through. [Dr. James] Andrews had told me that they felt like at some point they would have to go in and repair it. That was eight years ago, and I've never had an issue since."
If there is a difference in the severity of Harvey's and Halladay's tears, one pitcher might be able to get away with rehab while the other needs Tommy John surgery.
Harvey will get another MRI in two or three weeks, once inflammation subsides, to get a better idea about the extent of his UCL tear.
"I don't know if they can actually put a percent on it," Halladay said about his own injury. "They just said there is some changes in there. From what I understand, I think 95 percent of the pitchers in baseball have some changes in their ligament. That's not anything out of the ordinary. But I got a chance to talk to Andy Pettitte. He went through the same thing. [I] got some advice from him, and our training staff set up a program with a lot of different stuff to build up that area, and then also a lot of stuff in the shoulder to take the pressure off the elbow.
"Like I said, I've never had a forearm issue since then. I hope for him, when he goes in, that they don't have to repair that. ... You just hope once the inflammation goes down, they get a chance to look at it and it's not something they have to fix."
Halladay said surgery "wasn't even a consideration" in his case.
"Once it went down, they said they can tell if it's older, if it's newer, if it's something that's been there," Halladay said. "For me, it was never even a consideration. It wasn't to the point where it was even up in the air. There was no decision.
"It was the flexor pronator. That's what Andrews was more concerned about, and felt like I was going to have issues with down the road. But once we strengthened it and did all that stuff and maintained that program throughout my career, it just never shot up again."