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Mets infielder T.J. Rivera to undergo Tommy John surgery

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 14: T.J. Rivera
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 14: T.J. Rivera /
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The Mets decided to get all the bad news out in one cycle, so bear with us

After announcing that Amed Rosario hurt his finger and is day-to-day, and that David Wright will undergo surgery to repair his rotator cuff on Tuesday, the Mets are also informing everyone that T.J. Rivera is done for the year with his own arm troubles.

The 28-year-old Bronx native will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow sometime this week. Rivera has been out of the Mets lineup since July 28 when he was diagnosed with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. This ligament is the same ligament that pitchers tear when they need Tommy John surgery, so that’s why Rivera will follow down the same road.

The second-year Met was actually having a pretty productive summer with the club. He was getting more playing time after the team traded away some of its infielders, but since the Mets are cursed, he was bound to have some injury issues.

In 2017, Rivera posted an average of .290, an on-base percentage of .330, and a slugging percentage of .430. His power numbers weren’t anything to rave about hitting just five home runs and 13 doubles in his 231 plate appearances, but it really looked like he was improving in this aspect as the season went on.

The recovery from Tommy John surgery will likely take a while for Rivera. While he may not need the same amount of time and rehab as a pitcher would to get back on the mound, an infielder still needs plenty of arm strength to field his position. That’s not even taking into consideration swinging the bat on a consistent basis.

Next: David Wright to undergo surgery to repair right rotator cuff

There’s a chance we may not see T.J. back in 2018, but the hope is there that he’ll have a speedy recovery and will be able to get back out on the field sooner rather than later.

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