There has been some progression from Mike Pelfrey since his Tommy John surgery, as we haven’t really heard anything about the Mets right-hander since he went down with the injury in the middle of April. Meanwhile, Jason Bay continues to work towards returning to the New York lineup quicker than anyone thought, while Mike Baxter has remained idle.
Pelfrey went under the knife for Tommy John surgery back on May 1st, as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Typically, recovery time from this kind of injury and surgical procedure is about 12 months, so it is not expected that Pelfrey will be ready to pitch at the start of the 2013 season. As of right now, he is concentrating on exercises that will bring back strength to his arm, and is hoping to start a throwing program sometime in August or September. Pelfrey is entering his final arbitration year this winter, and since he would have to make a comparable salary to the $5.7 million he’s earning this year, it is unlikely Sandy Alderson will tender him a contract. Although, it doesn’t mean the Mets wouldn’t be potentially interested in bringing him back at a smaller amount, but Pelfrey would also be a free agent if that happens.
As for Jason Bay, he hopped on a stationary bike for 20 minutes yesterday, his first bit of physical activity since he suffered his concussion almost two weeks ago. Since the Mets are closing up the first half of the season in 10 days, Rubin reported that it’s likely Bay’s return to the team will be no earlier than after the All-Star break. Terry Collins told the media that Bay did not have any recurring symptoms from his injury, but this is the first step before he is allowed to engage in baseball activities again.
However, Mike Baxter has still not progressed at all since he displaced his right collarbone on June 1st to save Johan Santana‘s no-hitter. Originally, Collins and the organization estimated about a six-week recovery time from his injury, but that will likely be pushed back, as the Mets outfielder hasn’t done much physical activity since he was placed on the disabled list.
It’s good to hear that Big Pelf is doing well, but it seems all but certain that his career as a New York Met is over. Everyone would be shocked if New York tendered him a contract, but with the amount of viable starting pitching in the minors at this time, it would be even more shocking if Sandy Alderson considered bringing him back as a free agent. I hope Mike is able to make a full recovery and be a successful MLB pitcher, but it doesn’t look like it will be in Flushing. Bay’s quick recovery has also been surprising, but it’s pleasant to see his career isn’t in jeopardy, which was initially thought by a few. We’ll see how the Mets handle his rehab assignment this time around. As for Baxter, New York has surely missed his bat off the bench, but they have been able to make things work in his absence.