Pelf progressing from Tommy John surgery

Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey

#34 SP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM3
  • W0

  • L0

  • BB4

  • K13

  • ERA2.29

Mike Pelfrey plans to play catch next Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1.

Pelfrey started throwing a plyometric medicine ball this week.

"Feel really good. Felt strong," Pelfrey texted. "Right on schedule."

While Tommy John surgery often has a 12-month timetable, Pelfrey very well may be ready for Opening Day next season.

He is likely to be nontendered by the Mets in December. Otherwise, the arbitration-eligible pitcher would need to make at least 80 percent of this season's $5.6875 million salary.

Once nontendered, Pelfrey would be free to sign anywhere (or with the Mets for a lower salary).