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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Jeremy Hefner undergoes second Tommy John surgery

By on 10/09/2014 04:00:00 PM

New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner underwent his second Tommy John surgery in 14 months on Thursday morning, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Hefner underwent his first procedure in late August of 2013. He re-injured a ligament in his right elbow and suffered a stress fracture in his ulna bone during a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on August 6.

The 28-year-old has appeared in 50 games for the Mets, including 36 starts. Hefner owns eight career wins and a 4.65 ERA (4.14 FIP).

Tommy John surgery has been very effective, but Hefner is an example of the roughly 15 percent of pitchers for which it fails. Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker are other pitchers who have had Tommy John twice.

If Matt Harvey comes back healthy from his own Tommy John, the Mets will have a young rotation with tons of upside, meaning Hefner faces a long road back to the majors.  

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