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Mets' Pelfrey likely needs Tommy John surgery

The Mets got the bad news they were unfortunately expecting Thursday afternoon.

The Mets got the bad news they were unfortunately expecting Thursday afternoon. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey will visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow and will likely require Tommy John surgery.

Pelfrey said the chances of him getting the surgery is "99 percent," though it can't be confirmed until he meets with Andrews. He will be out for a year.

"Obviously I'm frustrated," Pelfrey said after the Mets won 3-2 Thursday behind a comeback in the ninth inning. "Like I said, I've never been hurt before. ... I went for a precautionary MRI and he ends up telling me I have a tear."

Pelfrey was placed on the DL earlier this week after he felt a "grabbing" in his throwing arm during last Saturday's start. He felt the injury was just tendinitis, but the Mets doctors convinced him to get the MRI to make sure. That's when the tear was discovered.

Pelfrey is in his seventh season in the majors, all with the Mets. He struggled to a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA in 33 starts last season, but had rebounded nicely in 2012. Through his first three starts he was 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 19 2/3 innings and hadn't allowed a home run.



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