Crummy news for Jeremy Hefner, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery — he has to undergo a second procedure.
On Monday Hefner was diagnosed with a fractured forearm and a re-tear of his ulner collateral ligament, which means he will need a second surgery. This likely knocks Hefner out for all of 2015, too.
Hefner wrote on Facebook:
As some of you know, I’ve been recovery from Tommy John surgery for the past 11+ months. All rehabilitation was going very very well until last week. I was making my third rehab outing and things didn’t feel right. I pulled myself from the game, and was dispatched to New York for future evaluation. Upon completion of the test, today, it has been determined that I have a stress fracture on my ulna bone.
Although this injury is extremely uncommon it does happen. There aren’t many case studies on it, but it does require me to have TJ surgery again. Yes, that means starting completely over.
I’m not sure what my course of action is. Should have a clearer picture in the coming days. I’m disappointed, but not shaken. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, and I’ll rest in that.
While this is obviously horrible news for Jeremy Hefner, it will not really impact plans for the Mets moving forward. Not to be insensitive, but Hefner was likely to be nothing more than a bullpen piece for the Mets. Still though, it would be nice to see Hefner come back after all of this.
The Mets say they will talk to rehabbing Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell and point to Hefner’s re-injury as a reason to take things slow. The odds were always very long that Harvey would pitch for the Mets in September. Now, it is pretty much assured that it will never happen.