The Mets have informed reporters, including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, that right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He left last night’s game with discomfort in that elbow. The club hasn’t specified the next course of action, though Tommy John surgery is an option. Even if Reid-Foley doesn’t require surgery, the non-surgical options for a partial UCL tear require lengthy absences. Reid-Foley was placed on the injured list with righty Yoan Lopez being recalled to take his spot on the active roster.
A second round draft pick of the Blue Jays, Reid-Foley was one of the three players that went from the Jays to the Mets in the Steven Matz trade. He was considered the #75 prospect in the game by Baseball America in 2017, but slid off the list in subsequent years. Between the two clubs, he’s appeared in each of the past five seasons, but thrown only 102 1/3 career innings. In that time, he has a 4.66 ERA, with a 23.6% strikeout rate and 13.7% walk rate.
Reid-Foley and the Mets will now try to figure out the next steps, but he’s not likely to return soon regardless. For example, Nationals’ hurler Joe Ross was diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in August of last year. He ultimately did not undergo surgery, but still hasn’t made it back off the injured list. Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com provided an update today, that Ross will soon start throwing to live hitters. However, the Nats placed him on the 60-day IL to begin the season, indicating they don’t anticipate him returning before June, ultimately amounting to an absence of nearly a year, despite avoiding surgery.
Reid-Foley had one year and 93 days of MLB service time going into this season, meaning he won’t qualify for arbitration until after the 2023 campaign, at the earliest. There’d be almost no cost for the Mets to just hold onto him even if he requires a lengthy rehab process. He can be moved to the 60-day IL at some point and therefore won’t require a roster spot, but the 60-day IL goes away in the offseason, meaning he could have a tenuous hold on his roster spot at that point if he hasn’t returned to health.
That takes the roster down to 27 and pitchers to 13.
dont worry cano’s locker will have some “balm” found in his locker once the roster cut downs happen
Gary Cohen referenced that on the broadcast last night, in a more subtle manner
I was watching and you could see the visceral reaction after that last pitch. You hate to see that for any pitcher.
My heart really goes out to him. He’s still a young pitcher with great potential once he regains his health. I hope he has a long successful career.
C Yards Jeff
*@48: I feel so bad for you. I hope medical science finds a way to help you cope with the reality of our legitimate stature in the NL East, and your eventual coming to terms with the death of the “lolmets/Wilpon era”
Our fan base is strong, loyal and respects the rest of the division for their competitiveness. Win, lose or draw; this has the potential to be one of the greatest seasons in our division history. It’s a shame you refuse to just enjoy it for all that it is.
Figured as much when I saw the pitch thrown. Best of luck to him in his recovery.
This is one tough kid. I saw it happen right away and Reid-Foley just grimaced and cursed.
Have to think JD Davis or Dom Smith will be traded for relief pitching at some point, though Dom hasn’t exactly re-built any value this year.
Possibly. I think they both have minor league options so they can be kept in the organization.
I think they will likely address relief pitching in July largely based on taking on a contract. Then bullpen really hasn’t been that bad overall so there isn’t a real rush.
I expect Dom Smith to be replaced by a better bat who can also backup 1b at some point, again likely in a trade that is mostly about taking on a salary. They have not been getting a lot out of the DH spot, and the team does lack power.
Dom Smith may go as a piece in any deal, or sent to the minors as depth, or traded for whatever minor leaguers they can get.
Although if he hits like last night then that certainly changes things.
Smith will remain on the team as Cano was DFA’d. But you’re right about the pen. It’s the week spot on the team and needs to be addressed at some point
Tough break. Think about how tough this is for his career no matter what anyone thinks of how good or not good he is. He probably doesn’t pitch or have an opportunity to pitch in the Majors again until 2024.