NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The news for Mets starter Chris Young went from bad to worse on Monday.
The Mets learned before yesterday’s loss to the Colorado Rockies that Young might need season-ending surgery after re-injuring his pitching shoulder. Assistant general manager John Ricco said Young hasn’t decided whether to try lengthy rehabilitation or have an operation to repair a tear in his anterior capsule.
“It’s not the news we were looking for,” said Ricco.
Young underwent an MRI Sunday in New York and the diagnosis was made Monday by team medical director David Altchek.
Chris Capuano has been plagued by arm trouble of his own, going through reconstructive elbow surgery in 2008. His heart went out to his fellow hurler.
“That’s too bad,” Capuano said. “It just gives you a sinking feeling in your stomach. I know where his head’s at. I know he’s down. He’s just such a competitor and such an asset to this team. In all the meetings we’ve had, he’s been the guy who has spoken up and said, ‘Come on, guys, let’s pick it up.’ Kind of the leader. He’ll be missed.”
Young, who is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts, was scheduled to start Saturday night against the Dodgers but had trouble warming up before the game. The team decided to put him on the disabled list, retroactive to May 2, for the second time this season.
The Mets also said top prospect Jenrry Mejia will have Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. He had seen renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Ricco said Altchek will perform the surgery.
Third baseman David Wright has also been nursing back and neck soreness, manager Terry Collins said yesterday.
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