Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/24/12

The New York Mets have announced that Mike Pelfrey will be sent to the disable list and miss his next start.


Mike Pelfrey will miss his next start and will be placed on the Disabled List. LHP Robert Carson will join the staff tonight. about 3 hours ago via Twitter for AndroidReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets

In his post for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin covers what Pelfrey, the team, and sources are all saying about the right-handers injury  (click here to read in full).

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Pelfrey, for now, is diagnosed only with right elbow inflammation. Still, general manager Sandy Alderson said ligament damage has not been ruled out, meaning Tommy John surgery could be forthcoming. A major league source, however, said that team officials are aware Pelfrey has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and team officials are bracing to lose him to season-ending surgery.

Pelfrey said he was not convinced ligament damage occurred, and speculated his absence may be limited.

Pelfrey said he felt “tightness” and “grabbing” in his right elbow during the first pitch of every inning Saturday, while limiting San Francisco to one run in eight innings. The sensations quickly would go, but resurface before the next inning. He went for a precautionary MRI on Tuesday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which revealed a spot, Pelfrey said. Doctors had not made a final diagnosis yet, he said.

“I felt good the other day,” Pelfrey said. “I would throw one pitch and it would go away. The ball was coming out good. Everything felt good. There was just a little bit of tightness, which I thought was a little bit of tendinitis.”

Alderson said Pelfrey will seek a second opinion, but Pelfrey said nothing had yet been firmly planned.”

I realize there were plenty of people sick of seeing Big Pelf occupy a spot in the team’s rotation, but an injury potentially serious enough to end his season is not something anyone should be rooting for.  Still, the initial buzz is not good.


word is mike pelfrey will seek out a 2nd opinion from dr. james andrews. #mets definitely seem concerned about elbow. 44 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman

The 28-year-old Pelfrey had one of his best outings in recent memory the other night in San Francisco (8 IP, 1 ER, 3K) and despite his struggles throughout his tenure with the team all that’s left to do at this point is hope the news that comes out of Dr. James Andrew’s mouth is better than what most hear after visiting Dr. Doom.

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