Mets’ Pelfrey tries to downplay shoulder tightness

Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey is experiencing tightness in his pitching shoulder but still expects to make his next scheduled start.

MLB.com reports Pelfrey felt uncomfortable before and after Saturday’s start against the Phillies, though Pelfrey insists the tightness did not bother him during the game. Pelfrey was hit hard as his scoreless-innings streak ended at 27; he allowed six runs in the fourth inning.

Pelfrey was examined Monday in New York and rejoined the team in Cincinnati for its series opener against the Reds. He is expected to throw a scheduled bullpen session Tuesday. If that goes well, he’ll start Friday against the Giants.

"It’s nothing crazy," Pelfrey told reporters. "It’s just a little sore, a little tight."

Pelfrey tried to downplay his condition.

"I don’t want to make a big deal out if it, because it’s not," he said. "I’ll be able to make my next start and my next 25 starts after that. It’s not a big deal at all."

In other news, Mets right-hander Kelvim Escobar will have shoulder surgery Wednesday and miss the entire season.

Arm injuries have limited Escobar to one major league appearance since 2007. Still, the Mets signed him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract in the offseason, hoping he could be a late-inning reliever.

Escobar developed a sore shoulder in March, preventing him from pitching, and his condition hasn’t improved.

Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey is experiencing tightness in his pitching shoulder but still expects to make his next scheduled start.

MLB.com reports Pelfrey felt uncomfortable before and after Saturday’s start against the Phillies, though Pelfrey insists the tightness did not bother him during the game. Pelfrey was hit hard as his scoreless-innings streak ended at 27; he allowed six runs in the fourth inning.

Pelfrey was examined Monday in New York and rejoined the team in Cincinnati for its series opener against the Reds. He is expected to throw a scheduled bullpen session Tuesday. If that goes well, he’ll start Friday against the Giants.

"It’s nothing crazy," Pelfrey told reporters. "It’s just a little sore, a little tight."

Pelfrey tried to downplay his condition.

"I don’t want to make a big deal out if it, because it’s not," he said. "I’ll be able to make my next start and my next 25 starts after that. It’s not a big deal at all."

In other news, Mets right-hander Kelvim Escobar will have shoulder surgery Wednesday and miss the entire season.

Arm injuries have limited Escobar to one major league appearance since 2007. Still, the Mets signed him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract in the offseason, hoping he could be a late-inning reliever.

Escobar developed a sore shoulder in March, preventing him from pitching, and his condition hasn’t improved.

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