Aug. 9, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: New York Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner reacts after giving up a run in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hefner cleared to begin throwing for Mets

In a Spring Training camp that has seen several pitchers suffer setbacks before their full club reports, one New York Met is excited to even pick up a baseball.

It was in late August that Jeremy Hefner discovered that he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a partially torn MCL. He had told people he had been pitching through pain for the whole of the 2013 campaign, but because of a stellar 3-1 record with a 1.76 ERA during the month before the All-Star break, nobody really knew there was any discomfort. It was after the All-Star break that people saw the problems.

Hefner went 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA coming back from the break. He had been shipped to Triple-A as a precaution, but eventually had to go see two doctors to figure out he needed the season-ending surgery.

Hefner ended the season with a 4-8 record and a 4.34 ERA over 130 innings pitched. With the estimated recovery time being around 12 months, Hefner is hoping he can pitch in a Major League game in September of this season.

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