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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Pelf progressing from Tommy John surgery

By Adam Rubin

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).