Source: Lefty Herrera's season over

April, 20, 2012
4/20/12
10:58
AM ET
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, 27, made 16 relief appearances last season and had a 1.13 ERA after joining the Mets as a player to be named in the Francisco Rodriguez trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was removed from the 40-man roster during the offseason and remained with the organization. Herrera had tossed six innings with Triple-A Buffalo this season before the left elbow difficulty sidelined him.

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.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
Follow Adam on Twitter »  Chat archive »

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187