PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jerry Blevins had forgotten his iPod in a bag in his car. Beneath the Florida sun, he was afraid that it would melt. So as he chatted on the phone with his then-fiancé last August, which he spent rehabbing from the forearm fracture he suffered in April, he walked out of a hotel near the team’s complex here and stepped off a curb.
What came next was the freakish accident that typified Blevins’ lost season.
The Mets reliever slipped, then used his valuable left arm to brace himself, hoping to break the fall. He thought nothing of it at first. But lingering soreness told him otherwise. It wouldn’t be long until doctors inserted six screws and a metal plate to fortify the forearm that he had refractured.
“It’s about as frustrated as I’ve ever been in my whole life,” said Blevins, who, at long last, is healthy. “It’s tough to be a competitor and to watch your team be on the field and not be a part of it.”
The Mets traded for Blevins last spring when lefty Josh Edgin went down with an elbow injury. Immediately, the move looked good.
Blevins, 32, appeared in seven games. He did not allow a hit. He did not allow a run. He faced 14 lefties and retired them all.
Then on April 19, he took a Dee Gordon liner off his forearm, which began his lost summer. But nearly a year later, Blevins is throwing again. He should be ready to pitch by Opening Day, once again giving the Mets a useful weapon out of the bullpen.
“I’m just excited to be here,” Blevins said. “It’s a great team. It was hard to not be a part of what was special last year. As much as I felt a part, it wasn’t enough for me. I’m more than happy to be back.”