NEW YORK -- In his first public comments since refracturing his left forearm nearly three weeks ago, Jerry Blevins said he is not resigned to his New York Mets career being over. The lefty reliever indicated he is planning to rehab with the intent of being ready sometime in the postseason, even if that may be unrealistic.
"If we make it far, I'm going to do my best to be back," Blevins said after Friday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "There's no timetable. It's doctor's clearance and how I'm feeling. So I'm going to push to be ready for the playoffs and do my best. But it's not really in my hands anymore.
"I'm just trying to keep my sanity, trying to push forward and be ready as soon as I can. It wasn't as severe. Just a small fracture. So it'll be quicker. There's no telling how quick."
"I just slipped while I was walking out and caught myself," Blevins said. "It was nothing serious -- just a brace. And I felt a little twinge in the same spot. I'm pretty disappointed, as you can imagine. But it wasn't as serious, like a Henry Rowengartner fall (in the movie "Rookie of the Year"). I didn't flip. I didn't do anything. I just kind of slipped and caught myself. I guess it was meant to be."
Although he had a plate and screws surgically inserted on Monday in Boston, Blevins insisted the current fracture is not as severe as his original break, which occurred April 19, when he was struck with a line drive off the bat of Miami's Dee Gordon.
Batters had been 0-for-15 against Blevins -- and lefties hitless in 14 at-bats -- to begin the season.
With Alex Torres banished to the minors, recently acquired Eric O'Flaherty and Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin are the lefty relievers in the Mets' bullpen.
Blevins was acquired at the end of spring training from the Washington Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker. The 31-year-old southpaw is eligible for free agency this offseason. He is earning $2.4 million this year.
Blevins said he could not predict whether he will remain a Met in 2016.
"I know I love it here," Blevins said. "I love the guys. I love the feel of the team. It's fun. It's heartbreaking for me to be in Port St. Lucie watching these guys [on TV] because I've got such a high energy level, and I can't go to sleep at night and get ready for the morning [rehab]. But I want to be around. I love the Mets. I love it here. But there's no telling."