Mets Merized Online » Surgery Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:13:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tommy John Surgery Advancements and Matt Harvey Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:31:10 +0000 MattHarvey1

After an article on FanGraphs last week put a scare into our expectations for Matt Harvey‘s return from Tommy John surgery, the Wall Street Journal compiles evidence that in fact they return quite the same and in many cases better in their post TJS careers.

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Michael Salfino writes:

In fact, all of the noteworthy starters since 2006 who have undergone the procedure have posted a combined 3.83 ERA and 7.9 K/9 since the operation, versus 3.82 and 7.1 before.

One of the pitchers who did worse their first year back after surgery, Francisco Liriano, posted 16 wins and a 3.02 ERA last season for the playoff-bound Pirates. But to me, the big name there is Strasburg who is once again one of the best in the league.

Last week, Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs posted the following in his piece regarding Tommy John surgery:

Tommy John surgery isn’t shoulder labrum surgery, and the surgeons who perform it know the procedure like the backs of their hands. But it’s not just a 12-month delay, even if that’s maybe the most usual outcome. There can be setbacks, and there can be major setbacks. Ligaments can be re-torn. Elbows can otherwise need to be re-opened. Of course it’s never good news when a pitcher requires ligament replacement surgery, but on top of the loss of a year, there can be a loss of a lot more than that.

Nobody can predict what will or will not happen in the future with regards to Harvey. There can be speed bumps just as there are with all manners of reconstructive surgery.

However, the majority of Tommy John surgeries have led to successful outcomes, and that’s what is important to note.

The other thing is that as each new Tommy John surgery is performed, new and better procedures are implemented as surgeons continue to learn more. It is a science that continues to evolve and improve and thus we are seeing more and more pitchers throwing off a mound in less than 12 months. The surgical procedure has leaped light years in it’s advancement.

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Matt Harvey Posts Baby Pic With Baseball Bat Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:33:02 +0000 In life I’ve learned never to doubt the dreamers and the believers. Odds are that they’ll do whatever they put their mind to.

Enter Mets righthander Matt Harvey. He’s the one that wants to come back and pitch in September, less than a year removed from Tommy John Surgery – ten months actually. Preposterous, you say? Maybe, maybe not.

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How can you argue with a guy who wielded a Louisville Slugger in his crib when he was a baby, while sporting sunglasses and a pacifier?

Harvey tweeted his baby photo on Twitter and said, “Old school picture my mom showed me. Normal people have more than one stuffed animal I had a wood bat.”

Now tell me that’s not freaking awesome?

Looks like he may be running a bit low on the diapers, though…

(H/T Hank)

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Harvey Encouraged By Continued Progress From Elbow Surgery Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:05:09 +0000 matt harvey

Just a few short weeks before Spring Training starts, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey continues to be enthused by his progress from Tommy John surgery, writes Ian Browne for

“It’s great. I think I’m just over three months out and I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast,” said Harvey, who underwent the surgery in October. “Everything is going well. I haven’t had the slightest setback. I’m itching to get back out and pick up a baseball again. Whatever the doc says, I’ve got to follow those rules.”

Harvey wants to get back as soon as he can, but understands he needs to be patient.

“I’d like to shoot for being out there in September. Obviously I don’t make those decisions. I can only prepare to the best of my ability and make sure I’m in good strength and flexibility, and when they do let me go, I’m good to go.”

“I think I get to start the plyometrics pretty soon, which would be actually kind of throwing something but in a training room, which is exciting,” said Harvey.

Harvey plans on reporting to camp along with the rest of his teammates next month and is excited about the addition of Curtis Granderson in the outfield.

“Man, I wish I was going to be in the locker room with him and having him be in the lineup with me, but it will be fun to watch,” Harvey said. “I’m definitely looking forward to Spring Training and seeing everybody bond and mesh together. I think it’s going to be really fun to watch, and I’m looking forward to getting back and joining all those guys.”

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts last season and was the starting pitcher for the National League in the All Star Game. 

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Allan Dykstra Breaks Fibula, Heading To NY For Surgery Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:08:18 +0000 allan_dykstra

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that minor league first baseman Allan Dykstra has suffered broken fibula in winter ball and is headed back to the U.S., likely for surgery.

Dykstra, 26, set career highs in home runs (21) and RBIs (82) and led the Eastern League in on-base percentage (.436) and walks (101).

In addition to being named the Binghamton Mets and Eastern League MVP, he was honored as the New York Mets Sterling Organizational Player.

He could miss anywhere between 6-10 weeks, but we’ll no more after surgery. Tough break…

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Harvey Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:38:32 +0000 matt harvey

Mets RHP Matt Harvey today underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a statement from the team.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Harvey was diagnosed with a partial tear of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow in late August. He is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.

Initially, Harvey wanted to attempt rest and rehab as treatment for the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Harvey was even given Andrews’ blessing to try that first, but couldn’t build up the strength to resume throwing, let alone compete in the Arizona Fall League.

Harvey waffled on surgery for over a month, but in the end did what general manager Sandy Alderson thought he would. Alderson said he was careful not to influence Harvey’s decision, but once the All-Star starter opted for surgery he said it was the right choice.

Alderson admitted Harvey was taking a gamble that he would be healthy for spring training, then re-injure his elbow and miss the remainder of the 2014 season and all of 2015. Alderson described that as the worst possible scenario for the Mets.

All along, Alderson said Harvey’s condition wouldn’t impact the Mets’ offseason approach to their rotation. Alderson said not to expect the Mets to sign a marquee free agent pitcher despite him saying he had the resources. Instead, Alderson said the team would target two innings eaters for the back end of the rotation until Rafael Montero’s Super Two deadline is reached and he would be available by June.

The Mets’ current rotation is Jon NieseZack Wheeler and Dillon Gee, all with questions of their own. Niese is coming off a slightly torn rotator cuff; Wheeler was scratched from his last start with a sore shoulder and will be entering his first full season; and Gee, based on victories, is now the de facto No. 1.

The Mets also do not know whether Jenrry Mejia, who underwent elbow surgery to remove bone spurs will be available for the start of the season.

The innings-eaters Alderson is searching for could be Aaron Harang and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Both showed enough – especially Matsuzaka – to warrant being brought to spring training.

Trouble is, they also showed enough to other teams who might pry them away if the Mets lowballed them.

It sure is strange how things tend to turn around. Prior to Harvey’s injury the Mets were thinking about going to a six-man rotation to conserve innings for Harvey and Wheeler.

They are now looking for help.

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Harvey Ready For Elbow Surgery, Understands It Was His Only Option Tue, 08 Oct 2013 23:05:25 +0000 matt harvey

Kevin Kernan of the NY Post spoke agent Scott Boras who told him that Matt Harvey is mentally prepared to undergo elbow surgery which should happen within the next two weeks.

“The thing is that he gave it time and he had repeated conversations with the doctors, and did a very thorough analysis and I think in the end the doctors agreed that this is something that Matt ought to do,” Boras told The Post. “He looked closely at all the information that was given him and made his decision.”

Boras told Kernan that the tear to Harvey’s ulnar collateral ligament was to such a degree that surgery was, in the end, the only option, especially with Harvey being a power pitcher.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery and Harvey is expected to miss the 2014 season.

The Mets are expected to sign one or two veterans and Sandy Alderson sounds committed to Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler at the top of his rotation.

Harvey, 24, is expected to follow a similar rehab and core strengthening plan like the one the Nationals employed with Stephen Strasburg, whose made a complete recovery from his 2010 elbow surgery.

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Harvey To Have Tommy John Surgery And Miss The 2014 Season Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:27:32 +0000 matt harvey

On Friday, the Mets announced that starting pitcher Matt Harvey will have Tommy John surgery on the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and likely miss the 2014 season.

“After further consultation with doctors, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has elected to have surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow,” the Mets announced in a statement. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery later this month.

This announcement will now allow the Mets to proceed with their offseason without any lingering doubts about Harvey’s status for next season.

Sandy Alderson said about the news that nothing has changed. “But, it does provide some clarity that we didn’t have.”

“I felt this would be the right decision. So, in that sense, I’m happy that Matt has reached that same conclusion.”

Harvey finished this season 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings, establishing himself as one of the game’s top starting pitchers.

With Harvey now undoubtedly out, the Mets have three certainties in the rotation with Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and southpaw Jon Niese. Alderson has already been adamant about adding a veteran this offseason, so it leaves an interesting spring training battle that should include Jenrry Mejia and whomever else the Mets bring in.

We wish Matt the best and thank him for all the thrills he provided us this season and last…

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Scott Rice To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery For Hernia Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:09:02 +0000 According to Marc Carig of Newsday, lefthanded reliever Scott Rice will undergo season-ending surgery for a hernia.

Rice has been one of the biggest surprises for the Mets this season and has a 3.71 ERA with a league-leading 73 appearances.

In 51.0 innings pitched, Rice has walked 27 while striking out 41, however it was against lefthanded hitters that he really excelled holding them to a .174/.244/.223 slash. Wow…

This explains today’s earlier announcement that Sean Henn was promoted from Las Vegas.

Get well, Scott… See you next Spring…

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Mets Defeat Nats 7-1, Harvey Dominates, Duda and Davis Hit A Pair Of Homers Each Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:56:57 +0000 600x763_harvey_vs_strasburg

Live Blog From Citi Field Pressbox

Top First: It starts to rain right after the anthem and moment of silence for Boston and Texas. The weather isn’t Minnesota-Denver bad, but I thought there would be more people here for Harvey-Strasburg. Harvey strikes out his first hitter and gets out of the inning with a runner on second.

Bottom First: Jordany Valdespin leading off again. Glad to see Terry Collins running with this. Valdespin reaches on E6. Takes third on Daniel Murphy’s hit-and-run single and scores on wild pitch. Murphy takes third on fly ball and scored on John Buck’s RBI. That’s 20 RBI for him. Really is amazing. I like Murphy’s aggressiveness in advancing on fly to right.

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Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Second: A lot of attention in the press box on what’s going on in Boston. Harvey breezing. Fans Chad Tracy. A 1-2-3 second.

Bottom Second: Marlon Byrd doubles, but is stranded on third as Strasburg punches out Valdespin. That’s a wasted opportunity and you don’t get many off Strasburg. We’ll see if this haunts them later. Strasburg nearing 50 pitches already.

End Second: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Third: Strasburg doubles, but Harvey gets out of it by striking out Jayson Werth.

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Bottom Third: Rain gone. Doc Gooden gets a nice ovation when they show him on the video board. He tweeted Harvey is the real deal. Looks like it. … Meanwhile, Boston PD has suspect cornered. That’s where a lot of the attention is. … Ike Davis strikes out for second time. Buck fans and another runner is left in scoring position.

End Third: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Fourth: Harvey finished the fourth with one hit and two walks and five strikeouts. He’s thrown 62 pitches, 41 for strikes. Everything is working for him tonight.

Bottom Fourth: There’s a steady falling mist again. Strasburg walked Duda, but set the next three hitters down. He’s settled down since the first, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and five strikeouts. He’s pitching a good game, too.

End Fourth: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Fifth: A 1-2-3 inning for Harvey, Strikes out Suzuki swinging. They have apprehended the second suspect. Pressbox buzzing.

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Bottom Fifth: Valdespin, Murphy, Wright go down in order. Just in – Brandon: Nimmo is 3-for-3.

End Fifth: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Sixth: Everyone watching the breaking news of suspect capture in Boston. Terrific job by law enforcement across the board. Boston can sleep easier tonight.… Harvey throws DP grounder started by Murphy, who is looking better and better at second. … Valdespin makes diving catch to end inning.

Bottom Sixth: Davis and Duda homer. Davis hit his to left and Duda’s went to center. … Crowd chanting “Harvey’s better.’’ Actually, pretty funny. … Strasburg already over 100 pitches, so this figures to be his last inning.

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End Sixth: Mets 4, Nationals 0

Top Seventh: Harvey enters the inning with a two-hit shutout on 82 pitches. But, a walk and a couple of hits later and his shutout was gone. … Perhaps even more impressive was getting out of a bases loaded jam with no outs without giving up further damage. … Harvey finished with one run given up on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Bottom Seventh: Strasburg didn’t come out. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. “USA – USA – USA -USA!” The crowd chants as news of arrest shows on scoreboard.

End Seventh: Mets 4, Nationals 1

Top Eighth: Big cheer when news on the scoreboard announced second suspect was captured. … Another cheer when Boston Police Department was saluted. … Scott Rice pitched a scoreless inning.

Bottom Eighth: Drew Storen now pitching and gives up leadoff triple to David Wright and two-run homer to Davis. … Duda added another homer, his fifth of the season.

End Eighth: Mets 7, Nationals 1.

Top Ninth: Sweet Caroline was played as Bobby Parnell threw his warm-up pitches. The Mets did it before, but it sounded better tonight. … Sweet, diving play by Murphy to get the second out.

Final: Mets 7, Nationals 1

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Ike Davis 1B
  5. John Buck C
  6. Lucas Duda LF
  7. Marlon Byrd RF
  8. Ruben Tejada SS
  9. Matt Harvey RHP

Game Notes

No Surgery for Travis d’Arnaud! The Mets’ top prospect suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot when he was struck with a foul ball in the sixth inning of Triple-A Las Vegas’ game Wednesday night. He has been placed in a walking boot and will miss approximately eight weeks, Terry Collins just said..

Shaun Marcum got through yesterday’s extended spring training game fine. Mets will try to get him to 80 pitches next time. He tossed four hitless and scoreless innings in an extended spring training game, struck out five.

Relievers Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia combined to allow six runs in the seventh inning, and the Mets lost to the Rockies 11-3 Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. The Mets dropped to .500. Hopefully, Matt Harvey gives the pen a day of rest tonight. They need one.

New York had two games postponed on its recent road trip. They will play the Rockies at Coors Field on June 27 at 6:10 PM, and will make up its game against the Twins on August 19 at 2:10 PM at Target Field.

Game Preview

The Mets finally get out of Colorado and return home to Queens tonight to one of the most anticipated pitching matchups in a long time. The Mets entered Denver with a 7-4 record and were swept, dropping them down to a record of 7-7. While there is plenty of blame to go around, the bullpen, who saved the Mets in an earlier Laffey start at home and was strong at the start of the season, fell apart on the road. Anyway, Matt Harvey looks to keep his strong start going against Stephen Strasburg.

Harvey is 3-0 in first three starts with a 0.84 ERA over 22.0 innings. In that stretch he has allowed only 2 ER and only 6 hits while walking 6 and striking out 25 batters. He’s leading the league in WHIP, Wins, and H/9. He faced the Nationals once last year picking up the loss after allowing only one earned run over 5 innings of work while striking out 10 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matt:

Desmond 1-2
Harper 0-3
LaRoche 1-3
Werth 0-2
Zimmerman 1-2, HR
Suzuki 0-2

The Mets will get a crack at the National’s phenom today in Stephen Strasburg who is 1-2 over 18.1 innings and 3 games so far this year while posting a 2.95 ERA. He has had two dominant games where he went 7 shutout innings 6 innings allowing 0 earned runs (2 unearned). He also had one start where he allowed 6 ER over 5.1 innings. He was good against the Mets last season holding them to one earned run over 13 innings and two starts, who have posted the following numbers against him:

Buck 2-9
Davis 3-8, HR
Tejada 1-8
Murphy 1-5
Wright 1-6
Byrd 1-3
Duda 0-2
Valdespin 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Doctors Confirm Ike Davis Will Avoid Surgery Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:28:22 +0000 Adam Rubin reports that doctors have confirmed that Ike Davis will avoid micro-fracture surgery on his ankle.

The plan is to continue resting and rehabbing the ankle throughout the offseason so that he will be ready to go come Spring Training.

Original Post 9/6

Mets first baseman Ike Davis told reporters on Monday, that he will avoid microfracture surgery to repair a bone bruise in his left ankle, which has kept him sidelined since May. Davis said that after resting for much of August, he has ramped up his workout regimen with no ill effects.

“Right now, all we can do is try to do the best thing for my career,” he said. “The best thing is not to have surgery right now. If it stays like this, I won’t have to. The last two weeks, I’ve been really pushing it, and it’s stayed pretty consistent. It hasn’t gotten worse, like in the past.”

Though he still has some pain, Davis is confident that team doctors will be clear him after he meets with them this week in New York.

“It’s not 100 percent, but it’s at the point right now where I’m moving around pretty well and can do basically about everything, so, still a little tight and some things in there that maybe in more time, it might heal. Right now, the reason we’re not going to have surgery is because I don’t think it’s going to be beneficial. Obviously it’s not ruled out, but as of right now, it looks pretty good.”

This was a crucial decision for Davis who must now avoid any setbacks. It has already been projected that it would take six months of recovery and rehab if he were to have the surgery, so any setback that would lead to surgery could jeep him from beginning the 2012 season on time.

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Labor Day Is The Deadline To Decide If Ike Davis Has Surgery Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:45:34 +0000

Updated 8/13

Last night before the game, injured first baseman Ike Davis spoke with reporters and said that a decision to undergo surgery on his left ankle must by made by Labor Day.

“Labor Day is basically the cutoff day when I would have enough time to be healthy if I did have surgery for the next year. Around Labor Day, that would give me enough time to get back on the field. Around that day is when I’m going to try to start running again, see if this rest helped me or not and go from there.”

As reported previously, the Mets are trying to exhaust all non-surgical options because there is no guarantee that the micro-fracture surgery on Davis’ injured ankle will be successful and that there’s a slight chance it may even make things worse.

Original Post 8/10

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets will stick with their original plan for Ike Davis after seeking and getting a second opinion from another orthopedic specialist in Charlotte.

So the Mets first baseman will continue to remain idle for 3-4 weeks, after which the team will reevaluate his progress and determine whether they will proceed with micro-fracture surgery.

The recovery period from this type of procedure could last anywhere from 16-20 weeks, and both Sandy Alderson and Ike Davis have acknowledged that there is no guarantee it would work


The best course of action here is whatever gets Davis healthy and ready to go in 2012.  Whether that means surgery or rehab or whatever the case may be, playing him this year has to be out of the question.  This season is over for all intents and purposes, so getting the injured ready for next year has to be the course of action.  And that goes for Johan Santana, also.


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Reese Havens Surgery Could Change Everything Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:25:17 +0000 Last night, Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reported that Mets second base prospect Reese Havens, may be facing back surgery.

According to an organization source, Havens is in New York, where he received injections for season-long injury trouble that started with his oblique muscles. If the trouble is not relieved within a few weeks, surgery may proceed.

Havens has been highly regarded since being drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft.

Originally a shortstop, the Mets shifted Havens to his left and it was expected that he could develop into a power hitting second baseman cut from the same mold as the Phillies’ Chase Utley. However, injuries have stalled his development so much so, that he has played in just parts of three seasons, missing well over 125 games in the process.

Havens was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft, 22nd overall and just four picks after the Mets selected Ike Davis. Believe it or not, there were many reports that suggested Havens was the better power prospect of the two, including in the power department.

Can you imagine having a second baseman who could hit .280 with 25 homers and 85 RBIs in an average season in our lineup for the next ten years? I actually did imagine it, and it bothers the hell out of me that Havens is becoming as injury prone as fellow prospect Fernando Martinez.

The emergence of young Ruben Tejada makes me feel a little better about the situation, but talent wise Tejada isn’t even on the same map as Havens.

A good friend of MMO, Mack Ade of the great Mack’s Mets, had some more insight on the situation and wrote,

Defensively, Tovar and Tejada are da bomb.  Offensively, Satin is a pure hitter. But Havens is the one guy that has the potential to be the first consistent 30+ home run hitting second baseman for the Mets… ever.

My guess… this changes everything regarding what the Mets plans are regarding the resigning of Jose Reyes. Havens was thought of as the person that would take second base away from Tejada, and become the full time Met in 2012. That won’t happen now.

Right now, Tejada can relax a little. Without the Havens threat, he will become the new Mets second baseman.

I always put a lot of stock in what Mack says about the Mets minor leagues. He’s been at it for a long time, really knows his stuff, is well respected, and a truly valuable resource. By the way, Mack just interviewed one of the Mets’ more promising pitching prospects, the Sand Gnats’ Collin McHugh. Check it out.

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Johan Santana Needs Season Ending Shoulder Surgery (Updated) Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:47:01 +0000 Update 4:35 PM

During the press conference, Howie Rose asked Johan Santana if he believed he would be ready to pitch by April. His response was,

“Who knows? Whenever I am ready and feel 100% that’s when I will return. I don’t know when that will be. It could be April or May or July, it may even be October. You never know, time will tell.”

Update 4:05 PM

The following is a press release from the Mets:

“An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the pectoral muscle, resulting in discomfort radiating through both the pectoral muscle and shoulder.  Santana will undergo surgery in the near future and we anticipate he will be able to resume throwing in the spring.”

Original Post 3:45 PM

Omar Minaya just announced that Johan Santana will have season-ending shoulder surgery and be out for the rest of the season.

An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan revealed Santana had suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.

The Mets also reported that Santana will resume throwing and be ready for the start of Spring Training next season.

According to Adam Rubin, the injury is located on front & bottom part of shoulder close to pectoral muscle, resulting in discomfort radiating through both pec and shoulder.

He finishes this year 11–9 in 29 starts, with a 2.98 ERA and 144 strike outs in 179 innings.

This is like a punch in the gut. I don’t even know how to react. I wonder how long Santana has been in pain and how long the Mets knew about it?

No word on when the surgery will be, but I hope it’s as soon as possible.

Get well soon Johan!

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Nationals Phenom Stephen Strasburg To Have TJ Surgery Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:59:22 +0000 Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a torn elbow ligament and will likely have Tommy John surgery, bringing his season to an end and most likely 2011 as well.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday an MRI on the right elbow revealed a “significant tear.”

Strasburg will travel to the West Coast for a second opinion, but Rizzo anticipates the 22-year-old right-hander will need the operation that requires 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation.

“As you can imagine, he was initially upset,” Rizzo said. “But he has really turned himself from being upset to being focused on his rehabilitation. He’s determined to get the surgery done and begin the process of rehabilitation.”

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg struck out 14 batters in a sensational major league debut in June. He is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings with the Nationals, who have kept him on strict pitch counts and had planned to shut him down once he reached about 105 innings.

This is a devastating blow to the Nationals.

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John Maine Out For Season After Shoulder Surgery Sat, 24 Jul 2010 19:01:44 +0000

Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that John Maine underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue from his right shoulder, and will miss the remainder of this season.

John Maine had arthroscopic surgery yesterday to clean scar tissue in his right shoulder. Out for season.

Maine was last seen pitching in a game against the Nationals on May 20. In that game, he was removed by Jerry Manuel after making just five pitches.

Despite saying that he was okay and having harsh words for both Dan Warthen and Manuel, he was placed on the disabled list two days later. Pitching coach Dan Warthen later said Maine was in denial, calling him a “habitual liar” regarding his shoulder being okay.

Maine finishes the season with a 1-3 record and a 6.12 ERA in 39 2/3 innings over nine starts.

He will surely be non-tendered after the season, so this probably ends his career as a Met, a career that began with such promise, but ended with a rash of poor performances and a few unfortunate injuries.

Update from Adam Rubin:

A little side note to this is that the surgery was performed by Dr. Michael Ciccotti in Philadelphia, near where Maine’s agent, Rex Gary, is based, rather than by doctors from the organization’s Manhattan-based Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Mets DL Fernando Tatis, Recall Raul Valdes Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:37:17 +0000

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets recalled left handed reliever Raul Valdes from Triple-A Buffalo and that he will be available for tonight’s game.

Valdes was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched this season.

To make room for Valdes, Fernando Tatis was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained right shoulder. The Mets said Tatis will undergo further testing at the Hospital for Special Surgery tomorrow.

Jerry Manuel said that Alex Cora would be the backup 1B and C Henry Blanco could play 1B or 3B in an emergency.

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Mets Top Pick Steven Matz Undergoes Tommy John Surgery Tue, 18 May 2010 23:11:26 +0000 Long Island, New York native Steven Matz, the Mets’ top pick in the 2009 draft, underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York according to several reports that have now been confirmed by his agent Rob Martin.

The young 18 year old left-hander injured his elbow while working last week in extended spring training, according to Mets minor league field coordinator Terry Collins.

The Mets have had a run of bad luck in the past with drafting high school pitchers, and hopefully Matz comes back healthy and pitches for the Mets unlike past high school first rounders; Nathan Vineyard, Bobby Keppell, Geoff Goetz, Kirk Presley, Jon Ward and others.

Before the surgery, Matz was throwing in the 95-96 mph range and given his youth there’s a good chance that he can regain his form and resume his career. That said, I wish the Mets would focus more on college players in this draft, who can help the Mets in a year or two.

Speaking of the Amateur Draft, last week Baseball America posted a mock draft for the upcoming 2010 MLB Draft and Jim Callis projected that the Mets will select Yasmani Grandal, a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami.

Grandal is hitting .425/.547/.754 with 20 doubles, 11 homers, 43 walks, and just 27 strikeouts in 47 games, and is considered to be the top catcher in the draft and the tenth best player overall. He is considered to be very close to Major League ready and is expected to develop into a pure power hitter.

The 2010 MLB Draft will air live on MLB Network and be simulcast on on June 7th at 7:00 PM EST.

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Is Santana Still The Ace We Traded For? Tue, 04 May 2010 14:00:41 +0000 When Johan Santana was traded here I was extremely happy, he was supposed to be the best pitcher in the majors.  Santana was going to get the Mets a World Series title, the first World Series title since 1986.  Santana did not come cheap, it cost the Mets prospects that didn’t amount to much but financially the Mets gave him $137.5 million for 6 years.

Santana had a great 2008 for the Mets but thanks to the bullpen his amount of victories was limited.  There were some great pitching performances such as his complete game against the Cardinals after a 14 inning game the night before.  Then there was the game on the 23rd of September when he pitched a career high 125 pitches against the Chicago Cubs, a win the Mets needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The big game of Johan’s Met career came on the 27th of September.  The Mets absolutely needed this game, the bullpen was a mess, and Johan pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Marlins, keeping the playoff hopes alive for the Mets.  It would later be revealed that Santana was playing hurt and needed knee surgery once the season ended.

Coming off of knee surgery there were big expectations for Johan Santana.  The first several months in 2009 were good months for Santana; he was probably the best pitcher in the National League at that point.  Unfortunately 2009 was the year of the injury for most of the Mets.  Santana like many Mets had to have surgery.  The surgery was to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow, thus ending his 2009 season.  This is the 2nd time in his career that he had to have this kind of surgery on his pitching elbow and it was the 2nd surgery he endured in 2 years.

Santana was a question mark coming into this year.  Everyone wondered how his elbow would hold up; would he still be the same pitcher he was a few years ago?  So far I have to say the answer is NO!  Johan’s velocity is down, he’s lucky to go above 90 right now.  His change up is ineffective to say the least right now.  He is throwing more pitches per inning this season and is lucky to go 6 innings per start.

This is not just a reaction to Sunday’s horrible performance.  This season Johan has been having trouble getting out of innings, his pitch count climbing to 40 pitches or more in the early innings.  Everyone talks about the 20 inning marathon against the Cardinals, how strong he was and how dominant he was.  Let’s not forget his pitch count was up there in the 2nd inning.  I know he was able to correct himself but that is still troubling.

Look at the game against the Washington Nationals last month at the pitchers park Citi Field.  He allowed 5 runs in 5 innings including a grand slam from Josh Willingham.  He has so far allowed 2 grand slams this year and it’s only May.  His control and location have been horrible this season, he walked Jamie Moyer on Sunday to drive in a run before giving up a monster shot.

I have to wonder is Johan the same Johan Santana we traded for?  Is he the ace we all need him to be?  Look at other aces in the majors such as C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees, Roy Halladay for the Phillies and Tim Lincecum for the Giants.  These guys are aces for their teams.  You know that when they start its lights out.  They are going to most likely win the game, if not keep their teams in the game.  I cannot say the same for Santana anymore.  I don’t have the confidence I used to knowing that Johan would be starting the game.  Those pitchers I mention go at least 7 innings per game.  A lot of the time they go the distance, giving their bullpen’s a little rest and they do not give up 10 or more runs when they have their “bad days.”

Perhaps the two surgeries on his elbow and the knee surgery have taken their toll on Santana.  Santana is getting older just like the rest of us.  He’s a great pitcher but he’s not a machine.  I know this is not popular but maybe Santana can no longer be the pitcher he used to be.  Santana might not be our ace and we have to prepare for that.  I hope I’m wrong and Santana will become the Santana of old and help guide this team to a championship.  Only time will tell.

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Another Hip Surgery Wipes Out Carlos Delgado Sun, 21 Feb 2010 00:03:01 +0000

ESPN is now confirming and earlier report that Carlos Delgado had hip surgery this week — his second such surgery in less than a year — and will be sidelined at least four months.

Delgado’s agent David Sloane, said the former Mets first baseman intends play again this season.

According to the NY Posts, Delgado also underwent microfracture surgery to repair his hip socket on Wednesday.

“The prognosis is that Carlos Delgado will be the Carlos Delgado of old in four months rather than an old Carlos Delgado,” Sloane told the Post.

Delgado missed 136 games last season for the New York Mets because of the hip injury. He had been playing Winter Ball but only played first base once and didn’t look very good out there. Many scouts detected a limp. Last week there were rumors circulating that Delgado might retire, but at the time his agent denied them.

The Mets were monitoring Delgado’s progress but have since moved on. We wish Carlos Delgado a speedy recovery.

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It Didn’t Take The Mets Long Did It? Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:00:19 +0000 It only took the Mets 14 days into the New Year to embarrass themselves and their fans.  Of course I’m talking about the whole debacle over Carlos Beltran’s knee surgery.  Once again the Mets completely mishandled the news of an injury to a key player on their team.  Some that should have been simple has exploded in the face of the Mets… again.

Go back to last year and the press conference from hell where Omar Minaya called out Adam Rubin and accused him of trying to obtain a job with player development. The announcement that the Mets decided to fire Tony Bernazard should have been a simple one.  The Mets could have easily put out a press release informing the media that after Omar Minaya’s “investigation” the organization decided to part ways with Bernazard.  Instead the Mets made a bad situation worse and added another distraction to the team.

As school children I’m sure a lot of us would ask why we need to know history and the answer always was “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” I guess the Mets never heard that saying because last week was another example of the Mets not learning from history and to top it off the recent history of last year’s Bernazard disaster.

It’s been almost a week and there are still a lot of questions regarding how Carlos Beltran’s surgery occurred.  The bottom line for me and I’m sure most fans is a simple one: Carlos Beltran had surgery on his knee, he will not be able to resume baseball activities for at least 12 weeks and he won’t be back for awhile.  All the Mets had to do was tell the press and the fans why he had surgery, the result of the surgery, and when they expected him to be back on the team.  The Mets did not need to put it out in the universe that Carlos Beltran went out on his own and got surgery on his ailing knee.  Now the Mets have started a war of words with their Center Fielder and his agent.  Like many wars this war was unnecessary.  Beltran had the surgery, it was done, and the Mets even if they did not approve of the procedure should have simply lied and put on a happy face to the public.

It’s 19 days into the 2010 and already there was a scandal and unfortunately with the current way the club is run I’m sure there will be many other embarrassing moments to come, hopefully the Mets will prove me wrong.

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