Mets injury news: Blevins cleared to throw

By Danny Abriano

Jerry Blevins, out since mid-April due to a fractured left forearm, has been cleared to throw, the New York Mets announced on Thursday.

Blevins suffered the injury when he was hit by a line drive.

Blevins was initially supposed to need just eight weeks before beginning a rehab assignment, but the bone healed slower than expected, leading to more than three months on the sidelines.

It’s been estimated that Blevins might need three weeks or so to get back into game shape before being able to return to the Mets.

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Prior to getting injured, Blevins didn’t allow a run in seven appearances (five innings) for the Mets this season.

When Blevins returns, it should spell the end of Alex Torres as a Met — if Torres is still here by then.

Thoughts from Danny Abriano:

The Mets have been in dire need of Blevins ever since he got injured, with no one in the bullpen able to step up and fill the void against left-handed batters.

Sean Gilmartin has been solid, though he’s been better against righties than lefties, and Alex Torres — whose career splits never showed him to be a lefty specialist — has been a disaster.

Jack Leathersich, who was with the Mets earlier this season and underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, had reverse splits and struggled during his stint in the majors as Terry Collins incorrectly used him as a lefty specialist.

With Tyler Clippard now on board, it gives the Mets someone who owns lefties, but he’ll ordinarily be used in a setup role, meaning the Mets will likely have to wait for the return of Blevins before having an actual lefty specialist in the bullpen.