Pelf progressing from Tommy John surgery

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
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Mike Pelfrey plans to play catch next Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1.

Pelfrey started throwing a plyometric medicine ball this week.

"Feel really good. Felt strong," Pelfrey texted. "Right on schedule."

While Tommy John surgery often has a 12-month timetable, Pelfrey very well may be ready for Opening Day next season.

He is likely to be nontendered by the Mets in December. Otherwise, the arbitration-eligible pitcher would need to make at least 80 percent of this season's $5.6875 million salary.

Once nontendered, Pelfrey would be free to sign anywhere (or with the Mets for a lower salary).
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.
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