Mike Pelfrey To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

5:52pm: A team source told Rubin that the Mets are expected to non-tender Pelfrey after the season. Tommy John rehab usually takes 12 months, but the non-tender deadline is December 2nd this year.

MONDAY, 4:33pm: Assistant GM John Ricco confirmed to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow (Twitter link).

THURSDAY: Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey is expected to miss the rest of the 2012 season to undergo and recover from Tommy John surgery. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Pelfrey will likely have ligament replacement surgery, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports (Twitter links). Pelfrey himself says there's a 99% chance he'll have the operation, according to Martino.

This could represent the end of Pelfrey's Mets career. He'll earn $5.68MM in 2012 and the Mets would have to offer a similar salary to retain him for 2013. As Matt Swartz showed earlier today, injured players don't generally take pay cuts in arbitration, so the Mets might prefer to non-tender their 2005 first round selection instead. The 28-year-old had pitched well in three 2012 starts and owns a 4.36 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in parts of seven MLB seasons. Scott Boras represents Pelfrey, who is under team control through 2013.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.

33 Responses to Mike Pelfrey To Undergo Tommy John Surgery Leave a Reply

  1. TheLoLgen 3 years ago

    Ouch, he was off to a decent start too.

  2. goredsgo 3 years ago

    2012 – The Year of Tommy John Surgery

  3. Karkat 3 years ago

    Gosh, the Mets just cannot catch a break. Ever. I figured they’d end up flipping him to a contender at the trade deadline, but there goes that.

  4. Have there been a ridiculous number of TJ surgeries this year, or is it just a fluke?

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I thought Boston had a monopoly on that surgery the last few seasons at both the major and minor league level with top prospects and rotation pitchers.. Nick Hagedone, Junichi Tazawa, Drake Britton, Rich Hill, Matsuzaka that’s enough names..

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        Jays went through this a few years back, I guess when it rains it pours.

  5. Just__da__damaja 3 years ago

    That sucks

  6. Super_Hero 3 years ago

    What a horrible signing by Sandy. How he gave him 6 mil is beyond crazy.

    •  Signing? he was offered arbitration, 6 million for an innings eater is quite worth it all things considering.

      • Super_Hero 3 years ago

        Sandy should had let him walk. No way was Pelf worth close to 6 mil. especially for a team looking to rebuild. What good is an inning eater when he sucks. I hate the term “inning eater” I remember it first used to describe Bobby Jones to hide the fact that he sucked.

        • TVTasticLV 3 years ago

          What part about him getting the $5.68 mil in arbitration don’t you get?  Yes, he was worth that as was decided by the ARBITRATION PANEL.

          • Super_Hero 3 years ago

            What part of arbitration don’t you understand. The Mets didn’t have to offer arbitration. Mets did and settled for 5.6 mil. It didn’t even make it to the ARBITRATION PANEL. If it did, Mets would had paid the full 6 mill. If Mets didn’t offer arbitration, Pelfrey never would had gotten 5.6mil on the free market. not from any team. Pelf is arbitration available again. How much you want to bet they won’t offer it again. this time arb is going to be more then 6 mil. I’m sure Sandy learned his lesson and will not offer it this time around.

            Perfect example. Braves with Francouer. Francouer was arb availible but his number was around 7 mil. Braves said no way was he worth it. Next step was let him walk for nothing or trade him and get anything back. Braves found sucker in Mets. Then Mets offered arb then signed him before arb thinking they saved a few hundred thousand to a mil avoiding ARBITRATION PANEL.

          • Metsfan199 3 years ago

            Good explanation – clearly explained.

          • wsj217 3 years ago

            arbitration was never discussed with frenchy, since he was traded during the season….

        • So who should have taken his place? Chris Schwinden?

          • Super_Hero 3 years ago

             instead of spending 6 mil…yeah.

          • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

            Inning eaters are necessary so you don’t over exert your bullpen.

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            Is sucking one of the qualifications to being called an innings eater? Seems like the only time the term is really used is for guys who stink and all they can do is “eat innings.” 

          • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

            Well… yeah. Or they would just be a pitcher. Basically, you’re admitting the pitcher will suck, but at least get you through a few innings so that you don’t waste your bullpen that day, resulting in not being shorthanded or taxed for the next few days. 

          • Metsfan199 3 years ago

            Correct answer !!

  7. Have you noticed that everyone the Giants have played have collapsed right after they played SF? AZ has their 2 OF stars hurt, now Pelfrey…

    • mistgl 3 years ago

       Phillips aggravated his hamstring when they played Cincy….

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      Remember when Boston came to SF a couple seasons ago everyone was dropping like flies for the Red Sox.

      Different sport but it also reminds me of when the San Francisco 49ers were hurting a RB in every game and putting them on IR every week last season.

  8. alphakira 3 years ago

    And that’s why you don’t mess with someones delivery.

    • HobokenMetsFan 3 years ago

      surprised that more hasnt been made of this

      • Infield Fly 3 years ago

        Good point. Still, perhaps there’s no uproar because it is Pelfrey.

        I mean, overall, despite occasional flashes of actual competence and even brilliance, he basically created a record of crashing and burning. Besides he was kept on as a “convenience” by a team that, at the time when he was re-signed, was looking at the possibility of empty coffers for the next several years. So perhaps the urge to “fix” him was so understandable nobody would dare complain…

        …On the other hand, maybe it’s just the Mets and the worst is still to come…

  9. Dylan 3 years ago

    Hell be a 2013 Royal.

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