New York Mets pitching prospect Matt Allen (22) is on the operating table.

According to the New York Post on the 5th (Korean time), the Mets announced on the day that “Allan underwent elbow surgery in January.” Alan, who underwent Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament joint surgery) in May 2021, put a knife on his elbow again following surgery related to the ulnar nerve in January 2022. US CBS Sports reported that ‘he underwent his third elbow surgery in 21 months’.   스포츠토토

Allen was selected 89th overall in the third round of the 2019 draft. He was highly anticipated as one of the best prospects among the pitchers in the draft that year. At the time, he was ranked 11th overall in the draft prospect rankings selected by ESPN, an American sports channel, and ranked third overall among pitchers, following Alec Manoa (Toronto Blue Jays) and Nick Rodolo (Cincinnati Reds). However, the nomination was delayed until the third round due to various problems, including going to university. The Mets gave Allen a down payment of $2.5 million (3.1 billion won), which is four times the value of the slot held by the 89th pick (about $670,000 at the time) to wear the uniform.  

It will take more time before the Mets’ investment pays off. Allen disappeared after appearing in a total of 6 games (10 1/3 innings, 14 strikeouts, 3 runs) in the Minor League Rookie League and Lower Single A in 2019. Due to the spread of corona in 2020, his minor league schedule was canceled, and from 2021, he has been repeating his surgery and rehabilitation treatment. Elbow surgery he underwent in January will keep him off the mound for at least four years. Major League Baseball (MLB) official website predicted that “Allen will miss all of 2023 and will also miss part of 2024,” and that “Tommy John work generally requires a 12-18 month recovery period.”  

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