The News Just Got A Lot Worse For Mets Pitcher Trevor May

Originally just placed on the 10-day IL, New York Mets reliever Trevor May told reporters that he is now facing an absence of 8-to-12 weeks due to a stress reaction in the humerus of his throwing arm. That's right, the Mets will not have May in the month of May. Or June, for that matter. 

May has been shut down from throwing for the next four weeks, to allow for the humerus—the upper arm bone between the elbow and shoulder—to heal. At that point, he'll have more imaging so that a plan of care can be decided upon.

May said after his last appearance on Monday, that it had gotten so bad, that “by the end, I was just hoping that the ball was hit at somebody," rather than throwing his best. "That’s no way to throw in a major league game. I don’t deserve it, but my teammates definitely don’t deserve that.

"Am I just bad?"

“The way that relievers are, we’re never out there like, ‘My arm feels great today’”, May said. “It’s always a spectrum. The last thing you want to do is go out there and three pitches in be like, ‘Ehh, I don’t feel great.’ I gotta get right, and making that decision is one of the hardest things to do in this game.”

The 32-year-old is at least satisfied that he knows what the problem is. He joked that before the diagnosis, he was wondering "am I just bad?"

The inflammation and pain in his arm had obviously affected his performance, as he registered an 8.64 ERA in 8.1 innings this season.

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