Mike Pelfrey has gone from active to disabled to potentially out for the season in just a few hours.
According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the right-hander is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews at some point this week amid concerns that he might have a partial tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament.
If a UCL tear is the confirmed diagnosis, the likely course of action will be Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Which will sideline Pelfrey through the early part of the 2013 campaign.
Pelfrey, 28, had registered a 2.29 ERA in 19 2/3 innings this season. Chris Schwinden is expected to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday to fill the sudden vacancy in the Mets’ starting rotation.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Angels announced that outfielder Justin Upton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 19) due to a laceration on his left index finger. Outfielder Jabari Blash has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Upton, 30, suffered the injury on Sunday night at home when he handled a broken wine glass, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Upton received four stitches for his wound.
This season, Upton is hitting a productive .267/.352/.474 with 26 home runs and 74 RBI in 522 plate appearances. He’s in the first year of his five-year, $106 million extension with the Angels signed last November.
Blash, 29, has briefly been in the majors this year, batting a dismal .087 in 23 at-bats. With Salt Lake, Blash hit .321/.430/.702 with 26 home runs and 62 RBI in 314 PA.