By Mike Steffanos
I just discovered today that Newsday has a New York Mets blog, too, which seems to be updated fairly frequently. You can find the blog here. If you use a newsreader you can subscribe to the feed.
In an entry today titled Bad News for Zambrano, Anthony Reiber makes the following point:
Victor Zambrano underwent surgery in Manhattan on Monday that proved the damage to his elbow was more severe than the Mets first announced.
Zambrano had Tommy John reconstructive surgery for the second time in his career, placing his return for spring training 2007 in serious doubt. The day after he was injured - May 7 - the Mets said they didn't expect Tommy John surgery to be necessary because Zambrano was diagnosed with a torn flexor muscle. General manager Omar Minaya even called it "good news" that the team believed Zambrano would be able to return to the mound next spring.
But when team medical director Dr. David Altchek operated, he did more than just repair the torn tendon. He also removed bone spurs from Zambrano's elbow and performed Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament.
Typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months. Zambrano also had the surgery in 1996.
Good point. Everything else I saw on Zambrano's surgery, including on Mets.com, just called it "successful" surgery. Reiber's right, though, this means you can forget about Zambrano until midway through next season at the earliest. I know some won't shed any tears over this news, but if this year has taught us anything, it's that you can't have too many starters.
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