After visiting with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Monday, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Tuesday. He will miss the rest of the 2012 season, and likely be non-tendered by the team at the end of the season.
None of this is unexpected. Andrews, who will perform the surgery in Florida, confirmed the initial diagnosis released last week.
With Pelfrey out, attention turns to right-hander Chris Young, who is building arm strength at the club’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Young missed the majority of 2011 with anterior capsule surgery, but has progressed far enough in his rehab to face hitters. He pitched in a simulated game today – as did Jenrry Mejia, who is rehabbing from Tommy John. Young may appear in a Class-A Florida State League game this weekend, assistant general manager John Ricco said.
Young will not be ready until late May, Ricco added.