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Mike Pelfrey likely needs Tommy John surgery, which would end his season

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer


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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As we all know by now, Pelfrey's season would be over if he has to have Tommy John surgery. He'd also probably have to miss some of the 2013 season. It's reasonable to say his Mets career could be over, too, as he could be non-tendered after this season.

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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