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Josh Edgin To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

New York Mets Spring Training

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UPDATE: March 15 12:20pm est

According to Mets.com and reporter Anthony DiComo, Edgin will be getting Tommy John Surgery and prepare to be back for the 2016 Opening Day.

After watching yesterday’s Spring Training against Washington, Scott Rice had a 1-2-3 inning, so Rice is looking to pick himself up for a spot. Also, besides #56, Rule 5 Draft performer Sean Gilmarin and Alvarez are in the running for that spot.

Regardless, like I stated a few days earlier, Edgin’s injury: BAD for the Mets. I truly hope he gets back healthy and happy for next season.

 

March, 11 2015

This morning, I woke up to a tweet from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin stating that the left hander reliever for the Mets, Josh Edgin, was in New York visiting doctors to check out an aggravated elbow issue #66 has been having throughout Spring Training. Immediately, I put my head down and shook it in disappointment.

 

The reason why I did so ISN’T because I saw this coming, which I did not, but because Edgin is an important cog in the bullpen for the Blue and Orange Brigade. The lefty specialist is an important part of any bullpen, but for the Mets, they put their stock on the big lefty in the offseason.

Edgin immediately made an impact to me last year in August of 2014, when during a game against the Phillies, he came in to face 4 batters and STRUCK OUT all 4 men, including perennial Met Killer Ryan Howard. It was very impressive. For Met fans, it gave hope to what lied ahead with the lefty coming out of the bullpen for 2015, especially going 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 27.1 innings of work for the Mets in 47 games in 2014. The sky was the limit, until the stories coming out of Mets camp over the past few days.

According to Kristie Ackert in the New York Daily News, pitching coach Dan Warthen was quoted as stating, “It seems more like dead arm. It’s in his elbow and his biceps. He’s had it before, and it’s something we think he has to get treatment and work through. But we’ll make sure.”

To this writer, I immediately get hives. I get flashbacks to the day after Opening Day in 2014. Bobby Parnell, the hard throwing righty who was scheduled to be the closer for the Mets, did not show fire in his throws during the only game he participated in. Ultimately, that led to Tommy John Surgery. When you’re a power pitcher and having elbow issues, fans get worried the three words that could end your season.

Edgin has shown he can throw hard, averaging 93 MPH on his fastball. As seen against Miami on Monday in a 13-2 blowout loss, Edgin tapped out at 91 MPH and hit as low as 88, which is scary for a power hurler. Also, the big man wasn’t able to precisely get his slider over, which is another go-to pitch.

If this injury to the big man causes him to miss some significant time, the Mets will have some serious questions to answer regarding the lefty specialist they would then be missing. Edgin was figuring into some serious time this season with what the Amazins’ had planned throughout the 2015 year. Without Edgin, where do they go?

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Photo Credit: Howard Simmons/NY Daily News

Do they go to Scott Rice? Rice had a fantastic 2013 campaign with the Mets after spending 14 years playing minor league and independent ball, going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 73 games as a lefty specialist. However, after low production and injuries took him out in 2014, will Rice find a way back to the big league club and into that set-up role one more time?

Is Dario Alvarez ready? Although he was a part of September callups, he only pitched in 4 games and had a 13.50 ERA in 1.1 innings of work. Alvarez could be a true wild card for the Mets this season if Edgin does not get healthy.

Lastly, would Sandy Alderson dare to avoid both options and attempt to pick someone in free agency, or even allow Terry Collins to just have an all righty bullpen? A multitude of options are available for the Mets right now.

The Mets have not had an excellent lefty specialist since the days of “Perpetual” Pedro Feliciano in 2010. Josh Edgin can still be the guy. Only time can tell, however, on if Edgin can get through this injury bug relatively unscathed and be what the Mets need him to be. If not, there are some serious issues in that Mets bullpen right now. That is a scary thought.

Jon Harder

Editor at Legends On Deck
Jon was born in Queens and now resides in New Jersey. He is a die-hard Mets fan and believes HoJo should be in the Mets Hall of Fame. Not only is Jon a contributing writer on Legends On Deck, but he also is the founder of @HardwayHQ, host of the #TheHardwayPodcast and somewhat plays Air Hockey on http://HardwayHQ.com. You can follow Jon on Twitter @TheJonHarder