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Young re-injures shoulder; Mejia needs Tommy John surgery

Mets starter Chris Young pitches in the second

Mets starter Chris Young pitches in the second inning of a game against the Phillies. (May 1, 2011) Credit: AP

The Mets got some very bad news regarding starter Chris Young today. The 31-year-old righty has a "re-tear" of the anterior capsule of shoulder, the same injury that caused him to miss most of last season, according to a tweet by Newsday's David Lennon.

According to Lennon, the Mets haven't decided on surgery yet. Either way, you'd have to think Young is headed for some significant time in the disabled list, and the Mets will have to dig deeper in a shallow stable of starting pitchers which is already missing Johan Santana.

Making matters worse, in a separate tweet, Dave Lennon also reported that noted elbow surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed that top Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia has a tear in right elbow and needs Tommy John surgery. Mejia had been pitching well in Triple-A early in the season and could have been a candidate to replace Young.

On the bright side, Dillon Gee has subbed admirably for Young in his three starts, allowing a total of five earned runs in 12 innings (3.75 ERA). His role in the rotation now seems to be a permanent one.

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