Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner to have Tommy John surgery

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mets' pitchers are not receiving good news today as both Hefner and Matt Harvey have torn elbow ligaments.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner will undergo Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn ligament in his elbow, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

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The Mets placed Hefner on the disabled list Aug. 11 after learning he had a partially torn medial collateral ligament. A visit to a specialist resulted in a recommendation for Tommy John surgery. Hefner received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed that prognosis.

The surgery will end his 2013 campaign and put Hefner's 2014 season in jeopardy. It typically takes a player about a year to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Hefner, 27, was in just his second major league season with the Mets in 2013. He had helped solidify New York's rotation with a 4.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 24 appearances.

It's been a rough day for the Mets when getting news about starting pitchers. Earlier Monday, the team found out that youngster Matt Harvey has a partial tear of his UCL and will likely need Tommy John surgery. Harvey, 24, had been a Cy Young candidate this season.

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