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Mets RHP prospect Jeff Walters has torn UCL

Mets RHP prospect Jeff Walters had an a MRI that revealed a tear of the UCL ligament in his right (pitching) arm.

Walters would have likely been considered later in the season to help in the big-league bullpen. He was added to the team’s 40-man roster last November.

In 23 relief appearances this season, Walters had a 8.86 ERA in 21.1 innings, during which he’d struck out 14 and walked eight batters. he had 38 saves and 2.09 ERA in Double-A last season.




24 comments
Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

Oh well , Tommy John Surgery for him and we'll see him in 16. I can't wait. 

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

What happened did he throw more than 3 innings in a month?

Elliot Martinez
Elliot Martinez

I'm not, it's just a hash tag campaign...Wilpons need to go or this entire organization will never go anywhere.

Justin Kaiser
Justin Kaiser

How can you possibly blame the Wilpons for a dude tearing his UCL?

jenkins
jenkins

This figures. He's too good to be so bad in Vegas.

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

Are the Mets at least in contention for most Tommy John surgeries in a year?

72tilltc
72tilltc

This really is not a big deal. Let him pitch left handed and tell Terry he is a lefty specialist. He can replace Rice and either walk the first batter he sees or let them rocket something in the gap.

David Fernández
David Fernández

Given the number on this team maybe an assessment of our coaching should be undertaken?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

2 things...

1.) An 8.86 ERA is being considered a "help" to this team...sad.

and

2.) Please tell me how a 6 man rotation will help bullpen arms?  I hate this argument that a 6 man rotation will help pitchers.  What happened to the days of 300+ innings a year by pitchers with no issues?  The problem is when you have too much rest, it's bad for the mechanics of such an awkward motion of throwing a baseball.  Enough with the 6 man rotation B.S.

bromancer
bromancer

Walters, who is legally blind, and was born with only a thumb and forefinger on his pitching hand, tore his UCL when he was hit in the back of the head by a stray chicken while releasing a pitch (see photo).

Doubleday
Doubleday

How's that "Organizational pitching philosophy" working for you, Sandy?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

What a shocker..it seems nearly everyone whos a Met gets hurt!

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@John Paul Cullinane Neither a 6-man rotation nor anything else at the pro level is going to fix this.  Those pitchers throwing 300 innings back in the day were all multi-sport athletes who, as youths, only played baseball during their high school season and over the summer.  That gave their maturing arms the other 6 months of the year to recover and bounce back stronger from the workload. These days, kids who show promise on the mound get tagged as "pitchers" by their 10th birthdays and end up playing in various leagues nearly year-round as well as participating in showcases on the side.

Ulnar collateral tears are nothing new.  The difference now is that instead of ending careers, it's interrupting the starts of careers.  Why?  Because those 300 innings per year guys should be throwing for a salary in their 20s end up being wasted in their teens for free because too many folks can't distinguish between a 15-year-old and Nolan Ryan at the top of his game.  It's not at all a coincidence that the increase in these surgeries is following right behind the rise of the travel leagues and increasing sport specialization at younger ages.