Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Pelfrey to learn injury fate Thursday
By Mike Mazzeo
Mike Pelfrey told reporters following Wednesday night’s 5-1 victory over the Marlins that he’ll find out his MRI results on Thursday.
“I feel great. So I’m kind of confused,” said Pelfrey, who was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with right elbow inflammation. “I don’t have any pain. I just feel a little bit of tightness. I guess we’ll see [Thursday].”
Pelfrey said he hasn’t done anything yet, and is supposed to rest.
“We’ll have a better idea of what it is and be able to go from there. I can’t elaborate because I don’t know anything,” he said.
A baseball official told ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin that team officials are aware that Pelfrey has a partial UCL tear and they are bracing for losing him to season-ending surgery, but are committed to the second opinion.
The New York Post reported that while no decision has been made on treatment, Pelfrey is probably going to receive an injection in his elbow and see how it responds.
Any long-term injury news would be devastating to Pelfrey, who has pitched to a 2.29 ERA in his first three outings this season.
• This time, the weather cooperated. So did R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Pitching in much more favorable weather conditions than he did in his last outing in Atlanta, Dickey threw seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 3-1 on the season.
“Every game is another opportunity to excel at a craft that you enjoy doing,” said Dickey, who was shelled by the Braves for eight runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, which snapped his string of 14 consecutive quality starts.
Dickey said 95 out of the 100 pitches he threw were knuckleballs; he usually throws about 80-to-85 percent knucklers.
“R.A. was outstanding,” manager Terry Collins said. “That may have been as good a knuckleball as I’ve seen from him in a long time.”
Dickey’s only blemish was a solo homer by Omar Infante with one out in the fifth. It was the first run Dickey had given up to the Marlins after 24 consecutive scoreless innings against them.
Dickey is 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins.