After finishing the first half on a strong note, New York Mets' starter Jeremy Hefner looked to have established himself as a solid contributor to the team's starting rotation. Hefner struggled out of the gate in the second half, and was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow after Jon Niese was activated from the disabled list. Hefner was diagnosed with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow, and was expected to need just rest and rehab. Hefner, however, has not improved and will go to see an elbow specialist on Monday. General Manager Sandy Alderson told reporters before last night's game with the San Diego Padres that Hefner may require Tommy John surgery, which would sideline the righty for a year. It would be a tough break for Hefner, who was having a career year before the injury. Hefner's injury is one piece of news that will make up this weekend edition of Mets 101's News and Notes.
Travis D'Arnaud Arrives in San Diego: After a week of false starts, John Buck's wife finally had a baby. Buck was placed on paternity leave prior to today's game and flew back to New York last night in time to witness the birth of his son, Bentley Ryan Buck. The Mets recalled top prospect Travis D'Arnaud from Las Vegas to fill in for Buck, MetsBlog.com reports. D'Arnaud is hitting .304 with two home runs and 12 RBI's in 56 at bats for Las Vegas, and has been back with the team for roughly a week after missing nearly three months with a broken bone in his foot. D'Arnaud will wear #15 and could make his major league debut tonight. Buck will remain on the paternity list for three days, at which point he must be activated before Tuesday's home game against the Atlanta Braves. At that point the Mets will have to either send D'Arnaud back to Las Vegas until September or keep him up and demote Anthony Recker.
Other Injury Updates: David Wright remains in New York rehabbing his injured hamstring. There is no word when Wright will move his rehab to the Mets' facility in Port St. Lucie . . . Wilmer Flores ran the bases yesterday and should be back in the lineup tonight . . . Frank Francisco and Jeurys Familia both threw off a mound this week, but have no timetable for a return . . . Bobby Parnell remains sidelined with his neck injury and there is no timetable for his return as well.
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