Mike Pelfrey will likely undergo Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the season, Terry Collins told reporters today.
Pelfrey will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to have the procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Pelfrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Matthew Cerrone (Updated April 26, 5:43 pm): This sucks. It does. There is no other way to put it. My gut feeling was that he was likely to be traded this summer had he kept pitching as he was. I can’t count the number of people connected to the team who mentioned how Pelfrey might benefit from a ‘change of scenery.’ Plus, the Mets had already talked about cutting him in Spring Training, before his deal locked in. Now, though, he’ll be on the shelf for quite a while and there is no telling what or where his career will be when he returns. Crazy. What a shame. Good luck, Mike.
Michael Baron: This will likely sideline him for at least the next 12 months, and it’s a real shame. He was off to such a good start after making some key adjustments during Spring Training. But I have to wonder if those modified mechanics had some kind of impact on this injury…
To read more about Pelfrey’s injury, and what it means for his future, check out the Star-Ledger, Post, Times, Daily News, Journal, Record and Newsday.
To listen to Pelfrey discuss his injury with reporters, watch this: