Shoulder surgery will put the veteran relief pitcher on the shelf for the rest of 2021.
During his pre-game press conference, Mets manager Luis Rojas announced that Dellin Betances would undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the 2021 season. Betances, who signed with the Mets on Christmas Eve 2019, hit the IL on April 8.
A dominant stint with the Yankees ended with injury for Betances, who missed most of the 2019 season due to a shoulder impingement and a partially torn achilles tendon. When the Mets signed him, it was considered a high risk/high reward move.
The risk proved greater than the reward, as Betances was mostly ineffective for his time on the Mets. Throwing a total of 12.1 innings over the 2020 and 2021 season, Betances almost as many earned runs (11) as innings pitched. In 2021, he made just one appearance, in which he hit a batter, walked a batter, struck out a batter, and surrendered an earned run on a double steal and a ground out.
Betances has a vesting player option for 2022, but falls 49 games short of it kicking in, and so it seems that Betances’s time in Queens is over.