NEW YORK (WFAN) – It appears Mike Pelfrey’s one percent chance to avoid surgery is all but gone.
The Mets’ big starter will have a “procedural” meeting with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday, according to CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, and is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery “likely” Tuesday or Wednesday.
Pelfrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with elbow inflammation. The starter received a second opinion on his MRI results and later said he was “99 percent” certain he would need the procedure to repair a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating,” Pelfrey said. “I’ve never been hurt in my life.”
It could mean the end of Pelfrey’s career in Flushing. Selected ninth overall in the 2005 draft, the 28-year-old may find himself without a contract tender from the Mets if he is indeed to miss much of next season. New York would have to offer the arbitration-eligible right-hander at least $4.55 million for 2013.
Tommy John surgery typically goes hand-in-hand with 12-18 months of rehab.
Pelfrey, durable throughout his career until now, has gone 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA over seven seasons. His 2012 campaign will likely end with no decisions and a 2.29 ERA in three starts.
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