Mike Pelfrey of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 21, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Mike Pelfrey Injury Update: Mets' Starter Likely Needs Tommy John Surgery

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Mike Pelfrey Injury Update: Mets Right-Hander Likely Needs Tommy John Surgery

Behind strong starting pitching the New York Mets have raced out to a 11-8 record, but things are going to get a bit tougher for the Mets' staff as its looking more likely that Mike Pelfrey will need Tommy John surgery to fix a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Pelfrey met with the media after the Mets 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins and said there's a 99-percent chance he will need the surgery, which could force him to miss the remainder of the season.

The official Twitter account of the Mets said, Pelfrey was going to visit Dr. James Andrews and that prospect Chris Schwinden is going to start in his place on Friday at the Colorado Rockies. Pelfrey has compiled a 2.29 ERA in 19 1/2-innings, while New York is 2-1 in his three starts.

The news leaked after the Mets come-from-behind over the Marlins, who were swept in a three-game series at Citi Field. Starting pitcher Jon Niese pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs.

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Mike Pelfrey Injury Update: Mets' Starter To Miss Next Start, Possibly More

As the New York Mets prepare for a three-game set with the Miami Marlins, the team received some bad news about starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey Tuesday as the right-hander will miss his next start due to elbow swelling. Pelfrey could miss more time if it's a ligament tear, which manager Sandy Alderson said it could be.

The Mets will replace him with Robert Carson, but only for a few days before Chris Schwinden is set to start for Pelfrey.

So far this season, Pelfrey has been one of the many early-season bright spots in the Mets' rotation as he's compiled a 2.29 ERA in 19 1/2-innings. New York went 2-1 in his three starts and allowed no home runs while he was on the mound.

Unfortunately, this is the second player Tuesday to go on the DL for the Mets. They placed outfielder Jason Bay on the DL earlier in the day.


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Miami Marlins
@ New York Mets

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Josh Johnson vs Johan Santana

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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