Just when we thought that we would be back to full strength with the return of Andres Torres within the next few days, the Mets were hit with more injuries. As Sandy Alderson said, “It’s frustrating to lose a doubleheader one day, and two players the next, but that’s part of the game.”
For Bay, it’s a non-displaced fracture in a left rib, and Pelfrey was put on the shelf after initial MRI results revealed swelling in his right elbow. Both players will be out for the foreseeable future, with the organization fearing that Big Pelf might be lost for the year with a possible ligament tear. To replace these two, the Mets have called up infielder Zach Lutz and reliever Robert Carson. What makes it even more frustrating is that these guys have been two of the better performers during the team’s recent struggles. Jason Bay is riding an eight-game win streak, which has been huge in providing support to a slumping Ike Davis. For Pelfrey, he was coming off his best start of the year against the Giants, and was primed to continue to make progress with each outing.
Jason Bay’s injury happened on Monday night when he fell awkwardly pursuing a fly ball. He received X-rays after the game that were negative, but a follow-up MRI showed the fracture. While he’s waiting for the injury to heal, Bay can only ride on a stationary bike. Talk about boring. As for Pelfrey’s injury, he said that he started to feel discomfort in his elbow during his start against San Francisco on Saturday. The discomfort was most prevalent at the beginning of each inning, but as he continued to pitch, the pain would subside. A precautionary MRI showed swelling around his elbow. They’re still waiting on some results, but are planning on Pelfrey to go and see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
Bay’s presence in the lineup will be missed; he is batting .290 since April 13th with three home runs, and he’s reached base 44% of the time over his last five games while striking out a lot less than the start of the season. The same goes for Pelfrey, who performed his best recently, giving up only two runs in his last two starts, which spanned 14 innings.
The best case scenario for Bay’s return is mid-May, but an injury like that is different for everyone, so a set timetable was not given, and he will remain in New York until he’s cleared to head to Florida to start baseball activities. Pelfrey has hit the DL for the first time in his seven-year career, and we’ll know more today from the MRI results whether he will be lost for the year with a ligament tear, or just a couple of starts with some inflammation.