J.J. Putz Might Need Elbow Surgery, What A Shocker…

An article by posted on June 4, 2009

Here we go again…

Adam Rubin reports that J.J. Putz will be in New York on Friday for an examination on his right elbow and that he may need surgery to remove the bone spur, but will wait for the recommendation for team doctors.

Adam Rubin writes,

Putz had a cortisone shot before joining the team in San Francisco on May 14. The inflammation went down for a while, and Putz acknowledged he was never fully comfortable with following through on his signature split-finger fastball after that, which resulted in ineffectiveness. He tried in the bullpen before Wednesday’s rainout to really let go of the pitch, and felt discomfort. He tried anti-inflammatory medication, but that didn’t alleviate the trouble.

On Thursday afternoon, with the Mets trailing by four runs, Putz surrendered a two-out, RBI single to Pirates top prospect Andrew McCutchen, then a run-scoring triple to Nyjer Morgan. Putz has allowed seven runs over his last three appearances, which have totaled 1 1/3 innings.

“It hurts like hell to yank it,” Putz said about following through on his splitter and two-seam fastball. “I’ve been trying to put it in another perspective. It would be like trying to tell Johan to go out there and throw his changeup with two fingers, and not being able to roll his changeup. I just can’t physically do it. … It really started hurting yesterday when I went out early and threw a bullpen and really felt it on my split. We were really trying to get aggressive to see how it would feel, because I’ve been kind of passive with it throwing it. Now that you get out there and try to throw it, it hurts. I can’t pitch without that pitch.”

Putz originally had acknowledged surgery to remove the bone spur would be an option after the season. He seems to be headed for that procedure now. Putz planned to fly with the team from Pittsburgh to Washington, then travel to New York for a Friday exam.

Can things get any worse for the Mets right now? I mean yes, of course they can but geez, this is so unreal. It never stops…

Once again the Mets respond to a players injury with a cortisone shot, wait a couple of days, and then send him back out on the playing field without ever knowing the real source of the pain. What’s that like five times this season they did this already?

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