The New York Mets injury woes continue as the club placed outfielder Jason Bay and right-hander Mike Pelfrey on their disabled list yesterday. Bay is dealing with a non-displaced fracture to one of his ribs, while Pelfrey has experienced swelling in his left elbow. Bay’s injury isn’t viewed as significant while Pelfrey could be forced to miss the season depending on a follow-up examination.
Bay sustained his injury while making a diving attempt on a ball during the second game of Monday’s doubleheader. It doesn’t appear that surgery will be required and the Mets are expected to use Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter in left field to replace Bay.
The three-time All-Star has been beyond a disappointment for the Mets after signing his four-year, $66 million deal. Over his three seasons with the Mets, Bay has only managed an OPS of .726 after posting OPS’s of .890 and .915 over parts of eight seasons with the Pirates and Red Sox.
The injury outlook for Pelfrey is much graver, as Tommy John surgery is a serious possibility. The 28-year-old will be examined by Dr. James Andrews later this week to determine whether or not the procedure is required.
Pelfrey has been a key player in the Mets rotation for the past several years. Since 2008, Pelfrey has tallied at least 31 starts and 184 1/3 innings pitched per season. The Mets are expected to replace Pelfrey in their rotation with right-hander Chris Schwinden.
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