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Hefner threw live BP, will pitch in game Saturday

Jeremy Hefner threw 40 live batting practice pitches on Tuesday and is scheduled to see game action on Saturday, he tweeted (Twitter, July 8).

He is penciled in to throw one inning in a minor league game, likely with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets, where he’s been rehabbing.

Hefner said recently that he may be able to pitch in the major league game in 2014 (ESPN, June 22).

“If there’s a need here, and they want me here, I can foresee that,” Hefner said.

Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on August 28, 2013, six weeks before Matt Harvey had the same surgery.




25 comments
artie412
artie412

Hefner: Our Missing Piece.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Hope he makes it back for depth, and to compete for the long relief spot. But if he's in the rotation next year, something has gone very, very wrong.

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Hefner allowed to rehab differently bc he's not the STUD Harvey is.  End of story.  Harvey, 6 weeks behind, would project minor league action somewhere in early September, but that won't happen.  Much more rides on the arm of Matt Harvey than Jeremy Hefner.  I wonder how both players feel about it, from their perspective?  I am sure Harvey is pissed he can't pitch but I wonder if Hefner is feeling like being protected more ala Harvey?  I'm sure the competitor wants to pitch but I wonder if that why not protect me more thought is in his mind at all.....

rico
rico

Funny we have not heard the name Bobby Parnell, once this season.


Any reports?  

exileinla
exileinla

Harvey is ducking responsibility for having spent September trying to rehab a UCL tear.  He spent 3 weeks (til mid Sept) "deciding", and then 2+ weeks trying rehab, til the early October announcement that he would have surgery.  But, he needed 3 more weeks to let the inflammation from the rehab fade before they could operate. 

So, if Harvey's advisors had simply steered him directly to TJ, the surgery would have been over at least 5 weeks earlier, and a September start (maybe on Fan Appreciation Day?) would have been reaslistic...

I worry this is all missing the point. He had Tommy John surgery around the same time as Harvey. Harvey is being held back for his own good -- and for the good of the franchise. Yet Harvey is antsy. If he sees that the Mets allowed Hefner to rehab and pitch so quickly, it's going to bother him. It actually upstages him, makes him look behind in his rehab. For what purpose? We all agree that Hefner isn't important to the Mets. Harvey is very important. Why take the risk of upsetting an important player by rushing back someone we can easily live without?

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

He's a good 6th/7th starter for AAA. We definitely need him next year.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Good luck -- meanwhile, he and his wife tweet ... if you are into that sort of thing

tw22
tw22

Oh yeah, this guy, too.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

Hefner is a very solid #4,#5 of the rotation guy, assumig he responds well to this injury, which is another pitcher we can use when we SHOULD  trade wheeler or whoever for castro

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Like to see him pitch well..just be more pitching for us.

Mike Garrison
Mike Garrison

they had surgery around 2 1/2 months apart. Which is a lifetime in the rehab process for Tommy-John. They're both right where they should be in rehab, Mets are handling this well for once. Allowing Harvey to throw off a mound when Hefner did would have been a bad move. 

jamets
jamets

  That's silly.  The story says Hefner had his surgery six weeks before Harvey, and at best Hefner is going to come back in September.  That would mean Harvey could come back in October or November, after the season is over.  He was trying to push things and the Mets said no.  Hefner is on the normal recovery schedule.

artie412
artie412

@Joe Paulson My own wife would be very upset if I "tweeted" with Hef and his wife. . . unless I asked her to join in. :)

jamets
jamets

@brrrandooo  Hefner is not a rotation guy at all.  He is, maybe, a long reliever/ spot starter or rotation depth in AAA.   He could possibly replace Dice K in that role, but he is in no way a replacement for Wheeler.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@jamets @brrrandooo He looked like a "rotation guy" last year -- fifth starters are normally marginal types that on better teams are long relievers. 

jamets
jamets

@Joe Paulson @jamets @brrrandooo  He had a nice run or about 8-10 really good starts.  That's what you hope to get from short term fill-ins.  He's not a guy any team will ever intentionally run out there for 30 starts, even as a 5th starter.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@jamets @Joe Paulson @brrrandooo  We are talking marginal players. Teams with limited resources will use players like this for certain positions. "Intentionally," I guess.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@jamets @Joe Paulson @brrrandooo Fifth starters on most teams ARE marginal players. You seem to be missing the point.

jamets
jamets

@Joe Paulson @jamets @brrrandooo Actually, the point is that someone posted above that Hefner coming back somehow makes Wheeler expendable. The truth is, Hefner has nothing to do with who we trade or keep because he is not an option for the rotation unless a whole bunch of guys get hurt.

He also called him a #4 or #5, and I'm saying Hefner is below the level of even a 5th starter. 

blueorange
blueorange

Hefner is not a replacement for Wheeler, but he is better than you claim. He pitched very well before his season ended. Also, in 6 weeks Harvey may be throwing off a mound so they are not far apart in their rehab program.

jenkins
jenkins

@blueorange agree. Hefner was pitching very well as a starter before the injury. Really, surprisingly well. I just don't want to trade Wheeler. Don't want to trade Gee either, but I would.

blueorange
blueorange

I wouldn't trade Wheeler maybe Gee if the return was good but don't really want to trade him.