Mike Pelfrey expects to be ready for Opening Day

Mike Pelfrey told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York he expects to be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

“If the season started January 15, I would be able to go out and throw 100 pitches,” Pelfrey told Rubin.

Pelfrey underwent Tommy John Surgery on May 1.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Typically, recovery from Tommy John Surgery is at least 12 months. I don’t know what stage he’s at with his rehab or how much he’s thrown if he’s started throwing with conviction, but his timetable seems to be a little too soon based on previous cases. Even if Pelfrey is ahead of schedule, I can’t imagine any team he signs with would give him the green light to take a normal workload at that stage of the off-season and in camp.

As I’ve said before, it makes sense for the Mets to non-tender Pelfrey (which they will reportedly do on November 30) and try and bring him back on a lesser deal. Pelfrey is represented by Scott Boras, so I’m sure he will be on the lookout for a Major League deal during the Winter Meetings. But even though they seem to have some depth in the rotation, the reality is there is no guarantee Zack Wheeler will be ready, and the Mets don’t know what Johan Santana is capable of next season, either. They certainly don’t have anything to lose by bringing Pelfrey back on a low-cost deal, as he can continue his rehab under the same supervision he has been under since the surgery, and the Mets can see how he fits (whether as a starter or reliever) when he’s ready.

Previous updates on Mike Pelfrey...

Contract: Pelfrey signed a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Mets in January to avoid arbitration. He is eligible for arbitration this winter – per MLB rules, he cannot earn less than 80 percent of his previous salary through arbitration.

Stats: Pelfrey had a 2.29 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings in his three starts in April before an MRI revealed swelling in his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John Surgery on May 1, and his recovery is expected to take approximately 12 months.

Nov. 14: In a post to Twitter, David Lennon of Newsday said he “talked to a Mets person yesterday who suggested Mike Pelfrey’s days in Flushing might not be over yet.”

Oct. 22: Mike Pelfrey will be non-tendered this winter, according to a ‘Mets source,’ Mike Puma says in the New York Post. However, he adds, the Mets would still like to sign Pelfrey to a lesser deal.

Oct 1: Terry Collins and Dan Warthen would like the front office to retain Mike Pelfrey next season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.