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MLB Injury News:
The New York Mets placed right-hander Jeremy Hefner on the
15-day disabled list earlier this week after it was revealed that he had a partially torn MCL in his throwing elbow. Hefner continues to undergo
evaluations, and general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters – including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com – that there’s a chance that the 27-year-old will require
Tommy John surgery.
"That is a possibility, yeah," Alderson said of
surgery. "I don't know how serious a possibility, but we have not been
able to rule that out at this point."
Hefner has already received a diagnosis and second opinion,
and he will undergo a third evaluation on Monday to determine the extent of his
injury and what is required to repair it. At the time of the initial diagnosis,
the Mets said that Hefner would simply require rest and rehab to repair his
injury. However, New York could still decide to fix Hefner’s damaged MCL
through the TJ procedure of ligament replacement.
Hefner was in the midst of a strong first half of the
regular season. After the All-Star break he was atrocious, raising his season
ERA by a full run before the Mets shut him down. On the season, Hefner posted
an ERA and WHIP of 4.34 and 1.293 over 24 appearances – including 23 starts.
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