Jeremy Hefner could require Tommy John surgery

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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.

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.