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Mets make it official: Mike Pelfrey will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow

Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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UPDATE: And now it’s official. Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow.

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While not quite official yet, the Mets just announced that Mike Pelfrey will travel to Alabama tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

Pelfrey pitched well through three starts, including eight innings of one-run ball his last time out, but was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament earlier this week.

Surgery would knock him out for the entire season and perhaps part of 2013 as well, likely ending his Mets career after seven years and 149 starts. He’ll be under team control via arbitration next season, but because Pelfrey is making $5.8 million this year and can only take a 20 percent pay cut he’ll almost surely be non-tendered.

  1. rjheinz - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    He pitched well his first 3 starts which makes this sad to see as a Mets fan. I hope some good comes out of all this and they bring up Harvey soon.

    • dondada10 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Harvey’s still walking a few too many guys. Jeurys Familia is probably the first young guy they call up.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Interesting discussion from the announcers today, where they said that part of the reason the diagnosis is difficult is that he’s been so healthy thus far in his career, so they don’t really have any “healthy” images of his elbow to compare this to. Apparently most pitchers have little tears here and there, and they don’t know if this is worse than normal for Pelfrey.

  3. mets79 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I’m looking forward to Pelfrey’s complete game shut out he pitches against the Mets when with the Cardinals in 2013 and subsequent no hitter.

    • dondada10 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      I was originally going to give this the thumbs down until I realized you were a Mets fan and know exactly what you’re talking about.

  4. illad3lph1a - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    And let the mets season unraveling begin…

  5. drubeatz - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Just when he was doing good, he gets hurt. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! He’ll be a #5 starter on the Pirates or Blue Jays, one of those teams with no expectations.

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