Mets' Humber may need Tommy John surgery
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BY JON HEYMAN
July 16, 2005, 11:07 AM EDT
Philip Humber, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, may need surgery for his ailing right elbow, Newsday has learned. Humber is expected to visit noted sports surgeon James Andrews after receiving an initial diagnosis from Mets doctors.
Humber has been told there are three possible ways to treat his elbow pain, and Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery is one of them. Humber and doctors might also decide on a less invasive surgery or rest. If Tommy John surgery is ultimately prescribed, Humber would miss at least one year.
Humber, the Mets' No. 1 draft choice in 2004 and No. 3 pick overall, felt pain in his elbow Monday during his first start since being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. He had started 14 games at Class A St. Lucie this season, posting a 2-6 record with a 4.99 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innnings.