There was concern how the Mets would do with their tough April schedule, but they’ve responded with 11 victories, including sweeps of Atlanta and Miami at home, and winning two of three in Philadelphia.
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?’ ’’
Mike Pelfrey will discuss his rehab options today with Dr. James Andrews and we might know a course of action before the end of today’s game. If Tommy John surgery is needed, Pelfrey will be lost for the season.
Elbow surgery is not the career threatening thing it used to be and Pelfrey should be able to return without any problems. This is a tough break because after his first start, Pelfrey pitched well in his next two and has shown signs of returning to the form he had in 2010 when it appeared he had a breakthrough season.
At the start of spring training, Pelfrey conceded this could be a make-or-break season for him. He did not pitch well during spring training and some reports had the Mets considering dumping him. I never bought into that because the Mets’ pitching is thin and he wasn’t injured at the time.
Pelfrey avoided arbitration in the offseason and signed a one-year contract for $5.68 million. His agent is Scott Boras.
I must admit, that following their rough stretch against Atlanta and San Francisco, I thought the Mets were heading into a tailspin. However, strong pitching performances from Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey – following up stinkers – appear to have stabilized.
I’m not saying all is well as it is way to early for that, but I have seen the Mets respond to a weekend like the one they had against the Giants in the opposite fashion. And, today their best pitcher, Jon Niese, will go for the sweep.
Playing well early against a tough schedule is a good sign, Terry Collins said: “It’s important. One of the things that makes it important, is that our guys know they can compete. We have a long hot summer ahead, we are very aware of that. They have to understand that they can compete with the teams we’re playing. Right now they’re seeing it.”
Ike Davis is having a horrid start to this season, hitting .131 with 21 strikeouts in 61 at-bats. It’s been all or nothing for Davis, mostly nothing in his comeback from last year’s ankle injury.
Davis is on pace to hit 29 homers, but with only 67 RBI. He’s also on pace to draw 38 walks, but strike out a staggering 200 times. If the Mets are to make this a fun summer, they must get a turnaround from Davis.
Terry Collins is betting on Davis playing his way out of this rather than try to find his swing in the minor leagues.
“I truly believe the only way to get out of something like this is to make sure he continues to get in there and get at-bats,” Collins said.
Collins pinch hit for Davis last night, and will do so again if the situation dictates, but said Davis will be in there and that’s the best way to right
While Collins is demonstrating confidence in Davis, it must be remembered the Mets have few alternatives should they option him. They could move Daniel Murphy to first, but that would only delay his acclimation to second base.
They could play Zach Lutz for a few games, but Davis is the future and eventually must learn to play himself out of slumps. He might as well learn now.