Jeremy Hefner’s elbow injury might not just cost him the rest of this season, but also a large chunk of 2014.
According to Marc Carig of New York Newsday, Hefner is dealing with a partial tear in the medial collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. He’s scheduled to be examined by doctors on Monday, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Tommy John surgery.
“I don’t know how serious a possibility, but we have not been able to rule that out at this point,” general manager Sandy Alderson said before Friday night’s game against the Padres.
If Tommy John surgery is required, Hefner would likely be sidelined until late in the 2014 season.
Hefner wasn’t originally slated to be a part of the Mets’ rotation this season, but he has done a respectable job for the most part, posting a 4.34 ERA and 99/37 K/BB ratio over 130 2/3 innings. He had a 9.03 ERA over his final five starts before hitting the disabled list.
Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.
There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.
As for Reed, well, who knows.