The New York Mets announced on Wednesday that starting pitcher David Peterson underwent surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum.
The procedure, which was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, is expected to keep the southpaw sidelined for six to seven months, meaning he’ll miss the first month of the 2024 season, at least.
This was bound to be a crucial offseason and spring for the 28-year-old, who was originally projected to challenge for a bottom spot within the Mets’ rotation, though an overhaul is bound to be in the works with Kodai Senga and Jose Quintana as the only proven, veteran arms in place at the moment.
Peterson went 3-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 2023 — a season that saw him moved from the rotation to the bullpen before getting moved back to the starting stable following the trades of Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander at the trade deadline.
In between demotions during the first half of the season, the lefty posted a 6.46 ERA in 11 starts before getting moved to the bullpen upon Quintana’s return from rib surgery and subsequent Mets debut.
He did well in six relief appearances, posting a 2.25 ERA. He carried that back into the rotation. In his final 10 starts of the year, he went 0-1 with a 3.88 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched.
“It’s big,” Peterson said toward the end of the season. “It’s success to build off of to see what we need to improve, where we could have done better, and keep moving forward. It comes down to execution… So it’s coming along pretty well.”