New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young-caliber season has this outstanding wrinkle: It came while pitching with a torn abdominal muscle.
After making his last 2012 start, Dickey revealed he ripped and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his 2nd start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He has dealt with “dull discomfort” in his stomach area throughout the season.
Dickey knew a few months back, after having an MRI, that he will require postseason surgery. He revealed he constantly prayed with his wife that he would be able to get through the season.
He will undergo surgery in Philadelphia on Oct. 18 to repair the tear, which is on his right side.
“The discomfort was fairly heavy from time to time,” Dickey declared. “We just did a good job of managing that. Whether it was backing off in the bullpen in between starts or getting the treatment that I needed or whatever else I needed to help with that pain, we were able to do it in a way that I was able to perform and not worry about it.”
The knuckleballer felt the pain worsen during last Tuesday night’s start in the second inning.
“I’m not going to pretend to know what happened inside there, but it was much more important than I have experienced in the past,” Dickey said. “Whether that’s scar tissue coming loose or the tear elongating, it’s total speculation. I have no idea. But because we’ve got a surgery already booked for the 18th in the same area, it may get fixed then anyway.
“I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain that I am feeling now, I hadn’t felt before. However, it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It’s obvious which it needs to be taken care of. And we are going to do that. It’s a pretty non-invasive surgery. I mean, I do have to go under (anesthesia) and they do have to repair a tear, it should be a fast recovery.
“If you were asking me if I had another start in 5 days could I make it, I am not sure. But we were able to make 33 before this, and that’s pretty special.” Betting lines
Dickey ultimately allowed 3 runs in 6 innings and received a no-decision in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Marlins.
He finished the season with a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA. His 8 strikeouts last Tuesday gave him 230 this season, most by a Met since David Cone had 241 in 1991. Dickey logged 233 2/3 innings, most by a Met since Johan Santana tossed 234 1/3 innings in 2008.
Dickey claimed he regularly wondered whether his extraordinary season would be derailed by the injury.
“I was on my knees about it many times, hoping that it was not going to get more significant than it was,” Dickey recounted. “My spouse and I prayed quite often together about that. I was in the middle of a good season and we were playing well. And it happened so early. When the All-Star break came, we were right in it and I was going good and felt fine and could keep going. Luckily, we were able to last the entire year.