Hefner has decided to retire from baseball, ending his 10-year professional career. Hefner has been unable to recover after tearing his rotator cuff this past summer, which seems to be the reason he's calling it a career. The right-hander played just two seasons in the majors, in which he went 8-15 with a 4.65 ERA over 36 starts for the Mets. Hefner signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals last winter and spent the 2016 season at Triple-A Memphis.
Hefner is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with shoulder inflammation. Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and 2014. He was able to return to action in Triple-A Memphis this season. He had a 3.50 ERA through his first eight starts before giving up 12 earned runs over his previous two outings. He hopes to return to action in August.
Hefner has given up four runs in 6.2 innings with just two strikeouts this spring. Hefner's results hardly matter as it's his first game action since Tommy John surgery in October 2014. He'll likely need extensive time in the majors to get back to his previous form.
Former Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner tweeted Thursday he was slated to undergo his second Tommy John surgery in the last 14 months. Hefner, who underwent his first Tommy John surgery in August 2013, re-injured his ulnar collateral ligament and also suffered a stress fracture in his right ulna bone as he was rehabbing from his first surgery.
Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner , who last month suffered a second UCL tear while attempting to return from the first, was examined by Dr. James Andrews Sunday and is likely headed for a second Tommy John surgery, according to ESPN.com. "New CT scan and X-rays showed no healing," Hefner posted on Facebook. "Will continue to rest for a few more weeks. Surgery is likely, but not definite. Clarity will come soon."