Mets doctors and orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews convened today in a conference call and Mike Pelfrey is headed for Tommy John surgery that will end his season.
Pelfrey underwent a MRI Tuesday that revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. A cortisone injection was discussed, but a shot wouldn’t guarantee the repair of the tear.
“They brought it up and there is a 10 to 20 percent chance it might work and I’d have to have surgery anyway,’’ Pelfrey said after today’s come-from-behind victory over Miami. “At 10 percent I figured `what’s the use?’ ’’
Pelfrey said he feels tightness and not pain, but pitching through this wasn’t an option, either.
“`I could alter my mechanics and end up hurting my shoulder,’’ Pelfrey said. “My shoulder feels good and that’s the last thing I’d want. The elbow is fixable, but the shoulder is a gray area.’’
Pelfrey avoided arbitration in the off-season and signed a $5.6 million one-year contract. It is premature to consider what the Mets will do with Pelfrey in the offseason.
Based on just three starts, although the last two were good, I don’t think the Mets will offer arbitration. They could non-tender him and make him a free-agent. From there the Mets could work out another contract or cut ties with him.
Chris Schwinden will get the first chance to take Pelfrey’s spot in the rotation Friday at Colorado.
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