The Mets have announced that Jeremy Hefner has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 10, with a partially torn MCL in his right elbow. The injury was described as a chronic condition that worsened.
Hefner was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after his last start and Sandy Alderson had said that he would go to New York to be seen by team doctors. He did warn that the righthander could end up on DL.
There will be no accompanying move as Jon Niese essentially replaced Hefner on the 25 man roster after he was optioned. But now that option was rescinded as he was injured while on the active roster.
This explains the decline in velocity and control after the All Star break. During the month of June and until the All Star break, Hefner was by far the most effective pitcher in the starting rotation.
We wish him a speedy recovery…