New York Mets right-haned pitcher Mike Pelfrey will almost certainly undergo season-ending Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery, the Mets announced Thursday after their 3-2 win over the Marlins.
Pelfrey, who will fly to Alabama Friday to meet with Dr. James Andrews, estimated there is a "99 percent" chance he will undergo the procedure on his right elbow.
It has the potential to end his Mets career after seven seasons. Pelfrey made nearly $6 million this season and will be in line for a raise through arbitration this winter. Considering he was a fringe non-tender candidate even last year, Pelfrey will certainly face the same possibility next offseason.
The right-hander first felt tightness in his right elbow last Saturday, throughout his best start of the young season. Though Pelfrey considered it minor at the time, the Mets took an MRI and sent the images to Andrews.
A former first-round draft pick, Pelfrey has compiled a 50-54 record and 4.36 ERA in seven seasons with the Mets.
This season he was 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts.
---Brandon Inge's 12-year tenure as a member of the Detroit Tigers is over the team released him on Thursday.
Brad Eldred was called up from Triple-A Toledo to take Inge's place on the roster.
Inge has served as a lightning rod for the Tigers over the past couple of seasons, ever since his production began a decline that started when he played a half-season with knee tendinitis that required offseason surgery. He had struggled to hit .200 the past two seasons and was hitting .100 with a game-winning home run as one of the two hits he had this year.
--- Giants manager Bruce Bochy seemed annoyed Thursday when told that pitcher Eric Hacker's agent Tweeted that Hacker would start Friday night.
"We haven't made a move," Bochy said.
Nonetheless, Hacker, who was called up after going 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA at Fresno, is expected to start Friday.
--- Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain will likely be out a month with a strained left hip flexor. He had been on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment while recovering from a strained left groin.
Also, pitcher Danny Duffy will miss his scheduled start on Friday because of elbow tightness. The team doesn't consider the injury to be serious, and the lefty is expected to start next week against Detroit.