Career-threatening injury stalls Rice's journey

Career-threatening injury stalls Rice's journey

SEATTLE -- Among the Mets' most inspirational stories last year, Scott Rice's fairy tale has reached at least a temporary end. The Mets announced that Rice will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, ending his season.

Rice thrived last year after making the team out of Spring Training as a 31-year-old rookie, and was on pace to lead the Majors in appearances before a sports hernia ended his season. He returned this year, but did not experience the same level of success, ultimately earning a Minor League demotion in June.

Doctors subsequently discovered the bone spur that now threatens his career.

"For Scott, he's got to be very disappointed," manager Terry Collins said. "You don't spend 15 years in the Minor Leagues, finally get to the big leagues and have it squashed as fast as [he has]. That's why you've got to worry about injuries. We don't know how he's going to come out of it at his age, how he's going to bounce back from it. Hopefully he does, because he brought a lot to our team last year with the job he did. We just wish him the best, and hopefully he's able to rehab and get back on the mound."

With Rice out of the picture, the Mets will continue to rely on left-handers Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland in their big league bullpen. Both have experienced success this season, with a combined 1.89 ERA in 43 appearances.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.