PHOENIX -- Mike Pelfrey left Saturday's game in the fifth inning after being struck by a line drive on his right elbow. X-rays were negative, and Pelfrey fully expects to make his next start -- though he must first prove his health in a bullpen session early next week.
"He's going to be pretty sore, I'm sure," manager Terry Collins said after a 6-4 loss to the D-backs.
Leading off the fifth, D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra smoked a line drive back to the mound, where it struck Pelfrey directly on his pitching elbow. Though Pelfrey insisted that he was in no pain, he lost his argument. After a brief conference with Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen and trainer Ray Ramirez, the right-hander gave way to reliever D.J. Carrasco. The Mets were leading, 4-2.
"You just can't jeopardize this guy's career, to have him see if he can throw warmup pitches, to see if there's any discomfort," Collins said. "Obviously, the swelling was immediate, right on the elbow."
"My elbow feels good," Pelfrey said afterward. "I wanted a warmup pitch, but there was some initial swelling and it was right around the bone. When you're competing, you don't really use your head sometimes. But it was the right thing to do, and they made the decision."
Allowing three runs (two earned) on the evening, Pelfrey had been settling into a groove in the middle innings following a rough start. Taking a no-decision, he is now 6-9 with a 4.53 ERA on the season.
As long as he continues to feel well, Pelfrey will throw his routine bullpen session on Monday in San Diego.