A few days ago, RHP Drew Smith flew back to New York to get his arm evaluated. The team stated that he felt discomfort in his right arm. Now, it is clear that he will need Tommy John Surgery and will miss all of 2019. Since this is a major surgery, he might not be on a baseball field until mid season 2020, if not longer.
Smith posted a 1-1 record with a 3.54 ERA in 28.0 IP in 2018. As one of the lone bright spots of the Mets’ bullpen in 2018, many expected him to take another step forward this year. After undergoing TJS, the Mets will be with one less quality reliever. Some replacement options include Luis Avilan (a bullpen favorite already), Hector Santiago (starter/reliever hybrid), and Daniel Zamora (left-handed reliever). However, others like Paul Seward and Tyler Bashlor could see time in the majors at some point this season.