According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets lefty Daniel Herrera will miss the rest of this season. He will be undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Mets doctors discovered a tear in Daniel Herrera’s left elbow, and the southpaw will undergo Tommy John surgery, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Herrera had remained in spring-training camp until the near-end as a hedge against Tim Byrdak not being ready for Opening Day because of March 13 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Herrera and Tim Byrdak could have been a great lefty combination in the Mets bullpen this season, giving Terry Collins a little more flexibility. Now, it seems that they may just carry one lefty for the rest of the year. Hwever, Adam Rubin went on to say that there could be a few replacements waiting in the wings.
Chuck James is off to a solid start at Buffalo (6.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 6 K) and would be a candidate for left-handed relief should an issue arise with Byrdak in-season or the Mets desire a second southpaw in the bullpen. Josh Edgin, who is closing at Double-A Binghamton, has the highest upside and should be in the Mets bullpen in September if not sooner.