Pelfrey expects season-ending surgery
Baseball Mets starter Mike Pelfrey has a partial tear in his right elbow and said Thursday he is “99 percent’’ certain he will have reconstructive Tommy John surgery that will sideline him until next year. Pelfrey, 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA after three starts, said doctors told him there was a 10-20 percent chance that an injection could help him avoid surgery. But Pelfrey, 28, said he realized there was a possibility he might alter his delivery to compensate, and that could cause a more serious shoulder problem. The MRI results were sent to James Andrews for a second opinion and it was decided that Pelfrey would make a visit to see the doctor, known for ligament-replacement operations . . . The Royals’ Danny Duffy will miss Friday’s start against Minnesota because of tightness in his left elbow. Also, Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain will likely be sidelined for a month with a strained left hip flexor. Cain was on a minor league rehab assignment while recovering from a strained left groin . . . Orioles lefthander Tsuyoshi Wada will seek a second opinion on his left elbow in Los Angeles from Dr. Lewis Yocum and said ligament reconstruction is likely if surgery is recommended. Wada signed an $8.15 million, two-year contract in December.