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Jeremy Hefner may be able to pitch in 2014

Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner said Saturday 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 Aug. 28, 2013, six weeks before Matt Harvey.

He is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday for the fourth time since having surgery, but it will be the first time he’s throwing off-speed pitches.

“That will be a test of how the ligament feels, and how it responds on Monday and Tuesday,” Hefner said (Star-Ledger, June 22). “It’s a big step. Every day is a big step.”




18 comments
semperfi
semperfi

Mets gave up on Colin McHugh who had a 5+ era but now at 27 is doing a great job for Houston after receiving a full time chance, he is 4 and 5 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.09 whip, which are solid numbers for starters 1-5, Hefner is about the same age and if given a legit shot has the ability to be slotted into the 3-5 spot in most rotations, every team is looking for starting pitching with the exception of a few teams and the Mets are building an abundance of SP which has not been the case for a very long time, with this abundance they should get a big run producing middle of the lineup guy and they are in a position to over pay with pitching 

Hefner was terrific last year; he added velocity, pin point control, and excellent off-speed stuff. I believe for a 3 month stretch he had one of the best ERA's in baseball. Do I expect that upon his return? Not at all; it was a great stretch that we will all look back on fondly. But let's acknowledge that he was damn good when he went down.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Only with the Mets would a guy with a career era of almost 5 even be a story.......OF ANY KIND!!

hashburry
hashburry

The Oakland broadcasters were actually talking about Colon last night and whether he would be available.  Not sure Beane would want Colon at the money that is left on his contract, and I am sure he would fleece Alderson, but it was interesting there was even a mention.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Ok you are getting closer Metsblog as you've gone from saying it was like 2 weeks to now saying it was 6 weeks between their TJ surgeries. However Harvey had his on Oct 22nd so some simple counting if you can get that high and you should be able to discover that it's actually a day short of 8 weeks.

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

Getting the starting rotation as much depth as possible allows us to trade starters next year. At the moment, 2015 could feature Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Niese, Gee, DeGrom, Colon, Mejia, Montero and during 2015, guys like Dice-K could still be hanging around and then there's guys like Matz among others. Trading off two of them for two a strong hitter coupled with one big free agent signing would remake the lineup substantially. And then if D'Arnaud comes around you have a strong starting rotation with an average offense and that's 88-90 wins right there.

lholztrio
lholztrio

Letting Hefner pitch this season will only fan the flames for Harvey.  Don't do it.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

He better watch himself. Saying that he wants to stop whining, get off the disabled list, and help this team win is blasphemy with this front office.

He sounds like a really bad guy. Very selfish.

#sarcasm

Mark Kalet
Mark Kalet

Jeremy Hefner well this just locks up the division for us. The NL is trembling.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Actually the more velocity he has the flatter his ball gets.  I don't care what he's done over three months.  Over almost two full yrs in in The Show his ERA is 5.  There's no hiding from that.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Brian Webster Seriously do u really think the Mets care equally bout Hefner's rehab v Harvey.  If Hefner could pitch this year who in the rotation or bullpen would he replace?  The answer?  ehh...... NO ONE!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Nobody held a gun to Harvey's head and told him to delay getting Tommy John. He could have done the math, gotten his operation earlier, and be ready to pitch later this season. Harvey has nobody to blame but himself the the delay.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

Lol to be honest though Hefner had a really dominant stretch last year....he would be a decent 5th starter on most teams....having him available for a spot start or two is not a bad thing

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Steve Finelli I have no clue why this is in reply to my comment which was just about how Metsblog still has the time difference between the TJ surgeries of Harvey and Hefner wrong.


However to answer your question anyway if Hefner is able to pitch in MLB this season it would almost certainly not be till September when the rosters expand so he wouldn't have to replace anyone.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

Hes a decent long man and spot starter.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Jayson Love He also is a good story and seems a nice guy. We need not all be just playing fantasy baseball here. There is a human element.