By Jerry Del Priore
Right-handed hurler Chris Flexen, who pitched with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2015, recently underwent orthoscopic surgery on his right knee to remove bone chips, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
The former New York Mets’ 14th-round draft selection in 2012 will likely miss two to three weeks, the article reported.
Flexen, 22, posted a 10-9 record with a 3.65 ERA in 25 games for Class A Advanced St. Lucie during the 2016 campaign. He was ticketed to start the season in the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies’ starting rotation, but Mets’ personnel will reassess him after his convalescing period.
New York thought enough of him to place him on their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Flexen’s first sign of pain started when he said he felt a measure of soreness in his right knee a little over three weeks ago, on Feb 25th—his first scheduled spring training start.
Ensuing tests discovered a loose bone chip. The 6-foot-three-inch, 230-pound Mets’ 26th-ranked prospect will likely wind up spending time in extended spring training while he recuperates.
This isn’t the first time Flexen underwent the knife. In 2014 he had Tommy John surgery. However, he touched 96 mph on the radar gun last summer.
The Newark, CA. native went 0-2 with 5.11 ERA in 12.1 innings of work in three games with Brooklyn.