Mets' starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey "likely" needs Tommy John surgery, the Mets announced Thursday. Pelfrey will get a second opinion -- from famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews -- before a final call is made. It's pretty hard to see a course change at this point, especially if you listen to Pelfrey himself.
"They put it like 10-20 percent that [injection] worked," Pelfrey said. "I thought it was best case for me [to have surgery], and we just go ahead and do it. I think surgery's about 99 percent that it's going to happen."
Pelfrey also noted that trying to pitch through it would alter his mechanics and possibly hurt his shoulder.
"He couldn't [pitch with it]," manager Terry Collins added. "The prognosis was not very good."
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Pelfrey, 28, was off to a good start to the 2012 season. He has a 2.29 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 13 strikeouts against only four walks in 19 2/3 innings. He had yet to factor in on a decision.
"Everything was working, and to have this happen is a true shame, not only for him but for us," Collins said after the Mets swept the Marlins and moved to 11-8 on the season.
Chris Schwinden will enter the Mets' rotation -- and start Friday -- with Pelfrey out of the picture. The 25-year-old right hander had a 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 17 strikeouts in 21 innings last season for the Mets. He's off to a great start in Triple-A this season, with a 2.05 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 22 innings.
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