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Mike Pelfrey was at Busch Stadium this afternoon and threw in the outfield, according to Mike Kerwick of the Bergen Record.

Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list in late April after an MRI revealed swelling in his right elbow – he underwent Tommy John Surgery on May 1, and his recovery is expected to take approximately 12 months.

Pelfrey signed a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Mets in January. He is eligible for arbitration for the final time this winter, and can become a free agent after the 2013 season.

Terry Collins said he could be interested in having Pelfrey in the bullpen next season.

“I would consider that, yes,” Collins explained. “Big, strong durable guy. Three pitches he can throw for strikes. One inning at a time? That could be pretty impressive.”

I know a lot of people have been down on Pelfrey, as I have been during his tenure with the Mets. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Mets non-tender Pelfrey this winter and look to bring him back on a Minor League deal. There's just nothing to lose if they go down that route. Even though they seem to have some depth in the rotation heading into next season, it makes sense to add Pelfrey to the equation - they don't know what Johan Santana is capable of next season, and Dillon Gee is returning from an unusual injury as well. Bringing Pelfrey back would also allow him to continue and finish his rehab in a facility and with people he is familiar with, and the Mets could see how he progresses as he gets closer to being ready to pitch, which should be around May 1 or so.

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