Mike Pelfrey Has Forearm Tendonitis: Who Will Replace Him In Rotation?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IApril 15, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  Mike Pelfrey #34 and pitching coach Dan Warthen of the New York Mets talk as David Wright #5, Brian Schneider #23 and Carlos Deldgado #21 look on during opening day against of the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Mike Pelfrey was given his chance to pitch for the Mets last season when Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez went down with foot surgery.

The Mets have announced that Pelfrey has forearm tendonities in his pitching arm and will most likely be placed on the Disabled List to allow for his arm to heal.

Pelfrey has been struggling with nagging injuries for most of the spring so far, so this is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The Mets do have to let him take the time that he needs to get healthy again.

The Mets will most likely not resign Pedro Martinez due to contract demands, but there are some possible options down in the Minor Leagues who will replace Pelfrey in the starting rotation:

1) Nelson Figueroa - Made his Mets debut at Shea last season.

2) Jon Niese - Made his MLB debut in 2008 for the Mets

3) Freddy Garcia - Acquired this past winter and did not impress the Mets during Spring  Training.

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Tim  Redding would be an option but he is suffering from arm ailments as well, but should be able to pitch by mid May in the event that Pelfrey misses more appearances than expected.

Hopefully, the injury to Pelfrey's forearm is not serious and he will only miss a few starts, but there is reason for concern with this type of arm injury as it can lead to elbow and shoulder problems.