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Monday, June 09, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Hefner to Throw off mound, Lannan Reports to Vegas, Prospect Walters Tears UCL

Mets News and Notes:

Hefner to throw off mound
Right-hander Jeremy Hefner plans to take a major step forward Tuesday in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Hefner, 28, is due to throw roughly 15 pitches off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It will mark his first time throwing off an incline since undergoing the elbow procedure on Aug. 28.

Hefner re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered in December. He went 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) last season before landing on the disabled list and then undergoing surgery.

Lannan Reports to Vegas
John Lannan, who accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas but never reported after being dumped by the Mets on April 16, has rejoined the organization.

The team announced the 29-year-old southpaw has reported to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday to get back into pitching shape.

He last appeared in a game April 13 at Anaheim, when he was charged with three runs in one inning against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Mets did not specify the reason for Lannan's seven-week absence beyond describing it as a personal and family matter.

Prospect Walters Tears UCL
Right-handed relief prospect Jeff Walters has a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which appears to mean Tommy John surgery is required.

Walters, 26, was diagnosed with the tear after an examination with team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Walters, a member of the 40-man roster, had been 3-3 with an 8.86 ERA in 23 relief appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. Last season, he set the Double-A Binghamton single-season and career record with 38 saves.
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