New York Mets Star Undergoes Elbow Surgery

It certainly didn't seem like it was hampering him, after posting his first career 30-30 season and driving in 98 runs and scoring 108 more. But apparently New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was dealing with an elbow problem that required surgery. And that procedure has now been successfully completed.

Lindor had surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, and is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for Spring Training next February. 

Lindor had one of the best seasons of his nine-year career, with a personal-best 98 RBIs, his 4th 30-HR season (31), and an .804 OPS that overall translated to an OPS+ of 120 (making him 20% better than the average major league hitter). 

The star shortstop isn't the only Met with injury troubles this offseason.

Outfielder Starling Marte struggled with a groin problem all season that never really healed from surgery last November. Although they have a plan in place for his rehab this winter, there's still a chance he could have to undergo another surgery as well. 

Infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil suffered a partial UCL tear in his left elbow in late September, and while he already received a PRP injection, he says that he doesn't think surgery is on the table. But the Mets will monitor it. 

And then of course there's closer Edwin Diaz, who the Mets expect will be fully ready to go for spring after missing the 2023 season with a torn patellar tendon suffered in last spring's World Baseball Classic. 

Yes, it's been a rough year in Queens. 

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