Leathersich undergoes Tommy John surgery
NEW YORK -- Another Mets pitcher expected to help the 2015 team will spend the rest of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich underwent the procedure Thursday in Manhattan, joining Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin as members of the Mets' 40-man roster to have Tommy John surgery this year. He should miss most of next season, in addition to this one.
Leathersich, 25, posted a 2.31 ERA this season in 17 appearances, split between two stints with the Mets. The team optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 28, and he gave up six runs in two innings one day later, throwing 57 pitches. Leathersich did not appear in another game, instead undergoing multiple examinations to determine the source of his arm discomfort.
Famous for his elite strikeout rates in the Minors, Leathersich whiffed 15.2 batters per nine innings over five Minor League seasons. He was the Mets' fifth-round Draft pick in 2011.