Dellin Betances is preparing to deliver a pitch during spring training 2021, harvest near
Dellin Betances will no longer see the field in 2021 as a Mets manager Luis Rojas announced on Wednesday afternoon that the experienced right-hander will undergo shoulder surgery at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has only played one game for the Mets this season and enabled a well-deserved run with a walk and strikeout against the Phillies on April 7th.
“He complained of shoulder pain and is going to have an operation so he will miss the rest of the season,” said Rojas. “He’s going to have an operation, I think it’s (Thursday) so he won’t be competing for us for the rest of the season, I was told by our medical staff.”
Betances had done a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse and the hope was that sometime in July he would come back and add another arm to the Mets bullpen. But now his season is over.
He was also hit hard during his rehab stint, allowing eight deserved runs over 3.2 innings while again battling to find the strike zone.
Betances’ tenure in Queens was signed by the Mets prior to last season and was riddled with injuries as he appeared in only 16 games in total while performing to a 7.82 ERA, often struggling with his command and showing a noticeable loss of speed.
After working his way back from a shoulder impact as a member of the Yankees in 2019, Betances tore his Achilles heel in his lone appearance this season, and he’s not looked like the same dominant rescuer since.
He had a lat injury in 2020, his first season with the Mets, and then a second shoulder impact early in his 2021 season.
With his contract expiring after this season, it is likely that Betances has thrown his last place as a member of the Mets.