Mets' Hefner diagnosed with fracture, torn UCL

Aug 11, 5:11 PM

Less than one year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, New York Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner appears headed for another major elbow operation, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Hefner was lifted from his rehabilitation start Aug. 6 amid "soreness" in his forearm and was promptly shut down by the club and sent to New York for further examination.

The 28-year-old was subsequently diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and is presumably poised to undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, Hefner crafted a 4.34 ERA (83 ERA+) across 23 starts and one relief appearnce for the Mets in 2013.

Oct 9, 11:04 AM

Mets' Hefner to undergo Tommy John surgery for 2nd time

Oct 9, 11:04 AM

Jeremy Hefner will once again be going under the knife.

The New York Mets' right-hander announced Thursday he will have Tommy John surgery for the second time in 14 months to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. 

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports the operation will be performed Thursday in Florida by renowned surgeon James Andrews.

Hefner, who underwent his initial operation in August 2013, re-injured his UCL while on a minor league rehab assignment. He felt pain in his elbow during an Aug. 6 game at Class A St. Lucie and was diagnosed with a torn UCL and stress fracture of the ulna bone in his right elbow.

Hefner, 28, is 8-15 with a 4.65 ERA over parts of two seasons with the Mets. 

Sep 15, 2:09 PM

Mets' Hefner 'likely' headed for second Tommy John surgery

Sep 15, 2:09 PM

New York Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner indicated Monday he's likely headed for his second Tommy John surgery after re-injuring his wonky elbow during a rehab game last month, ESPN New York reports.

"(I) flew to Pensacola, FL yesterday afternoon to see Dr. James Andrews about my elbow," Hefner wrote on his Facebook page. "New X-rays and CT scan showed no healing. Will continue to rest for a few more weeks. Surgery is likely, but not definite. Clarity will come soon."

Hefner spent most of the 2014 campaign recovering from the UCL reconstruction he underwent last August, but proceeded to re-tear his ligament Aug. 6 while pitching for Hi-A St. Lucie.

Aug 28, 1:56 PM

Hefner undergoes successful Tommy John surgery

Aug 28, 1:56 PM

Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, and he's pretty upbeat about it.

Then again, wouldn't you be upbeat if you didn't have to work for 12+ months?

Aug 26, 6:45 PM

Report: Mets SP Jeremy Hefner to have Tommy John surgery

Aug 26, 6:45 PM

More bad news out of Queens: New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner, on the disabled list with a partially torn MCL in his pitching elbow, will have Tommy John surgery, tweeted the New York Daily News' Andy Martino. 

While a date for the surgery hasn't yet been determined, it'll happen "soon," added Martino. 

Hefner finishes the season with a 4.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 23 starts and 130 2/3 innings.

Aug 20, 4:30 PM

Report: Mets' Jeremy Hefner needs Tommy John surgery

Aug 20, 4:30 PM

New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner, on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with a partially torn MCL in his right elbow, has been recommended to have Tommy John surgery, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Hefner went 4-8 in 23 starts and 130 2/3 innings this season with a 4.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He struck out 99 and walked 37. 

It was reported last week that Hefner only needed rest and rehab -- that his injury was a "chronic condition." Should he go under the knife, he'll be lost for most if not all of 2014. The average recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12 months. 

More bad news on the injury front for the Mets: 

Mejia had a 2.30 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in five starts and 27 1/3 innings this season. He struck out 27 and walked only four.