Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that Hefner is considering his options, and that it’s possible Hefner will need surgery.
Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery last August, and landed on the disabled list with a forearm strain after pulling himself from his most recent rehab start with St. Lucie.
If Hefner has to undergo a second Tommy John surgery, he will almost certainly miss the entire 2015 season.
Hefner, 28, posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 130.2 innings pitched spanning 23 starts for the Mets in 2013.
This is terrible news for Hefner, who was incredibly close to a return to the majors after a year of rest and rehab.
While Hefner has not yet decided to opt for surgery, it’s the likely outcome.
Many will link Hefner’s injury to Matt Harvey’s rehab from Tommy John surgery, but there’s no reason to link the two. Harvey should continue to go at the current pace he’s at.
Hefner took to Twitter after his diagnosis was revealed:
Very thankful for the major and minor league medical staffs. We worked very hard to get this right, and it didn’t work out…
— Jeremy Hefner (@jeremy_hefner53) August 11, 2014