Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, the one associated with Tommy John surgery. The righthander will not immediately undergo the procedure, although the Mets said it eventually could happen. Harvey said he felt forearm tightness in recent outings. He described it as "typical" soreness.
"It was tough," Harvey said. "Obviously, it was the last thing I was kind of expecting when I went in this morning. I haven't had shooting pains down my hand or in my elbow at all."
From a competitive standpoint, the Phillies will not miss Harvey, who started this year's All-Star Game. The 24-year-old was scheduled to pitch his 37th career start and sixth against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale. Harvey has faced the Phillies more than any other team. He is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 331/3 innings against them. Just 15 Phillies swings resulted in hits.
Overall, Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA this season. His injury sent shock waves through baseball. Sorrow enveloped Citi Field, where two security guards argued about the limitations of the human arm.
"It's too bad," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's a bright star, one of the best we've seen this year, stuff-wise. You hate to see that."
Vision issues for Wells
Casper Wells was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days after he was the losing pitcher and struck out four times in an 18-inning defeat. Wells has blurred vision, Sandberg said, and it is a frightening situation.
The 28-year-old outfielder had LASIK surgery last November, but issues lingered. Sandberg said Wells tried contacts and prescription goggles. Nothing helped. He blinked for focus, but that created dry eyes. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team was unaware of the condition.
"That is scary," Sandberg said.
"He went to Ryne," Amaro said, "and said that he was fearful that, one, he was going to get injured because he wasn't able to pick up the ball that well, and two, he wasn't able to play at an optimal level because he couldn't see."
Wells is 1 for 23 with eight strikeouts and two walks since being acquired by the Phillies on Aug. 8.
Domonic Brown did not start for the second consecutive game because of soreness in his right Achilles tendon, but he pinch-hit in the ninth. He fouled out. . . . Infielder Pete Orr was selected from triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Wells. Orr, 34, has yet to play in the majors this season. He will be the 49th Phillies player in 2013, which ties last year's number with 31 games remaining. . . . Carlos Torres will take Harvey's place as the Mets' starter on Thursday. . . . Third baseman Maikel Franco hit his 30th homer of the season as the Reading Phillies beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 7-6, in 10 innings.