NEW YORK -- Over the past 16 weeks, the sensation in R.A. Dickey's right foot has diminished from acute pain to mild discomfort -- and recently, to nothing. As a result, Dickey will not need surgery after the season to repair a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot.
The tear has scarred over, Dickey said, eliminating the need for surgery, which would have only become necessary had Dickey continued to pitch through considerable pain. On the contrary, the last of his discomfort subsided several weeks ago, at which point Dickey ceased taping his foot before games. An extreme measure to begin with, surgery never became a realistic option.
"Fortunately, there wasn't another problem," Dickey said. "Which is good."
Partially tearing his plantar fascia on May 26 in Chicago, Dickey has since become the Mets' most consistent pitcher. The knuckleballer has submitted 10 consecutive quality starts dating back to July 25, posting a 2.73 ERA with 39 strikeouts and nine walks over that span.