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Hefner to reach milestone Saturday

NEW YORK -- Jeremy Hefner is due take a major step forward Saturday.

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The 28-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch one inning in the Gulf Coast League. It will mark Hefner's first time in a game since before he underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

Hefner, who re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered in December, does expect to return to the majors this season.