Jerry Blevins’ goal is to be ready to pitch in the playoffs
Last week, LHP Jerry Blevins suffered a major setback in his return from a distal radius fracture in his left arm, as he re-broke the already weakened bone while falling off a curb in Port St. Lucie.
According to a club source, Blevins fell backwards off the curb and used hands and arms to break his fall.
Blevins underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Monday, and was back with the Mets at Citi Field on Friday.
He told reporters his mindset is to work his way back to hopefully contribute in the playoffs, although he could not guarantee he would be able to return by then.
“If I’m ready to go and we make it far, I’m going to do my best to get back,” Blevins said on Friday night. “There’s no timetable, it’s doctor’s clearance and how I’m feeling. I’m going to push to be ready for the playoffs and do my best, but it’s not really in my hands anymore.”
Blevins has not pitched since fracturing his arm on a comebacker against the Marlins on April 19. The original prognosis was Blevins would miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
The Mets acquired Eric O’Flaherty from the A’s along with cash considerations for a minor league pitcher the night Blevins suffered the fall. Assistant GM John Ricco said the club knew Blevins’ immediate future grew uncertain that night, which forced them to pursue another option to Blevins for the remainder of the season.