Scott Rice Has A Hernia, Out For Season

By Danny Abriano

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, left handed reliever Scott Rice has a hernia and is out for the remainder of the season.

Jul 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Scott Rice (56) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rice, 31, has been dealing with the hernia for a few weeks, and is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to repair it.

After toiling in the minors for 13 seasons, Rice was finally given a shot this year by the Mets.  In 51 innings pitched over 73 appearances, Rice had a 3.71 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.  He faced 138 left handed hitters this year, and held them to .167 BAA and .244 OBP against.

Rice was given a 1 year, $535,000 deal by the Mets before the season, and it would be wise for the team to have him in their plans for next year.  He’s durable, and if used properly (against lefties only), is highly effective.

The injury to Rice explains why the Mets promoted left handed reliever Sean Henn earlier today.

Get well soon, Scott.

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