Scott Rice fires

Scott Rice had season-ending elbow surgery

Reliever Scott Rice had season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Rice had a bone spur removed and a nerve relocated. The rehab time is expected to be four months, Carig said.


July 23: Rice is out of surgery, and can’t wait for rehab, he tweeted:


The 32 year-old Rice had a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances in the majors to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. He was demoted in mid-June. In 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas, he posted a 3.38 ERA.

“I’m obviously not happy, but I understand their decision,” Rice said at the time. “I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.”




32 comments
owlnut
owlnut

Bone spurs are very painful. Now he will get relief - and not in the bullpen.

Zott
Zott

Get well

hashburry
hashburry

Well, if you can't dominate hitters, dominate rehab!

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

I wonder if Terry Collins is seeing a kickback from these doctors. 

Who didn't see this coming last year. WHo doesn't see it coming for Torres and Familia? 

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

Collins abuses the bullpen...who else will he blow out. Watch out Torres

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

Not because of this but I still think it's time for terry to go. Seems like a decent guy we just need something else. Not sure what though

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Thank God for Terry Collins saving his pitching staff. When are they going to can this guy?

birtelcom
birtelcom

How long has Scott Rice been around?  He was the 44th overall pick in the 1999 draft (by the Orioles), a draft in which the Mets did not have a first round pick because they had signed Robin Ventura as a free agent.  That's a long time ago.


Yet Rice is still just 32.  He was pitching in the O's system at 17 and has pitched in 486 minor league games.  


Oldest U.S.- Born Pitchers to Debut In the Majors While With the Mets:

Scott Rice, first MLB game at age 31

Rick Anderson, first MLB game at age 29  

Tim Hamulack, first MLB game at age 28

Don Florence, first MLB game at age 28


Florence's MLB career totaled 12 IP in one season.  Hamulack pitched 2 innings for the Mets (7 hits, 3 of them homers, 6 ER)  and 34 more for the Dodgers.  Rick Anderson is the Twins' pitching coach and played on the '86 Mets.  Pitched fewer than 100 innings in the majors though: a bit for the Mets in '86 and a bit for the Royals in '87-'88 after the Mets sent him to KC as part of the (modest) package for David Cone.  




ken1010
ken1010

Famila is 5th in appearances in the NL, and Torres appears top in innings pitched among those who haven't started.  Does this mean more arm trouble to come?  It's impossible to tell. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

A relocated nerve? OUCH!. Don't know that I ever heard that one before. Anybody else have that same nerve moving procedure? What's the success rate?

robby
robby

Terry killed his arm as the Mets always do 

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

Do you think Scott Rice will pitch again for the Mets?

Gregory Schreiber
Gregory Schreiber

Seems to be the fate of any pitcher who comes in contact with Terry Collins.

Kevin John
Kevin John

Thanks a lot Terry Collins for over-using him. Although, how could you blame Terry? Maybe Sandy Alderson should have given us a better bullpen. ....Well you can't really blame Sandy either. Maybe if the Wilpons had $ to spend, things would be different. SELL THE TEAM!

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

In other news, Scott Rice is apparently still in the Mets system.

hashburry
hashburry

@Pat Brady TC called the operating room and asked the doctor to get Rice warmed up.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@ken1010 - My money says Torres and Familia will pay the price next year at some point for how Collins has abused them

rico
rico

@robby look around baseball, injured pitchers is not simply endemic of the METS (though you'd like that so you can complain more about the mets)…go do some homework, darn look at the yankees seems like the trade for a new SP every day.



rico
rico

@Andrew Vazzano If there is room for him, sure.  But the Mets have a lot of live arms up now and coming so Scott is a longshot but a gamer as we have seen.


Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Kevin John  Actually, the bullpen is currently one of the best in the game. Rice was a part of it when it wasn't. Black, Familia, and Mejia have been great. If Parnell recovers fully next year and can return to what he was, that'll be another solid piece. I'm not saying you can't complain about ownership not spending, just that the Bullpen really shouldn't be a target for that spending right now (or for our ire).  

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Please.  He's a crap throwing lefty journeyman that should be utterly grateful the team gave him a shot in the pros.

I do, for his sake, hope he's drawing against the major league team when he's on the DL...I think it counts as the minors since he's been demoted..

marcbklyn
marcbklyn

@Kevin John So, you are blaming Terry's use of Rice for a bone spur and problem with a nerve. Can you point to peer-reviewed scientific research that proves a connection or are just blaming the Terry and using it as an excuse to complain about Terry, Sandy, and the ownership?

Kevin John
Kevin John

@marcbklyn I'm no scientist, but I'm pretty sure its because hes played in 105 games the last 2 years. And yes, I am using it as an excuse to complain about ownership.

marcbklyn
marcbklyn

@Frank Accardi No. Just someone who wants a civil conversation about the topic at hand and not just attacks on management and ownership unrelated to the article.