Mets LHP Jason Vargas threw a bullpen session on Monday morning in advance of surgery Tuesday to remove the hamate bone in his right (non-throwing) hand.
Vargas is traveling to New York later today in advance of the surgery, and discussed why he opted for it, explaining it was the "fastest way to get better."
"Just because it gives me the best opportunity to have a normal hand in a six-week period," Vargas said about the surgery, adding that he wouldn't have been able to do the necessary things at the plate had he instead played through the injury. He also added that the surgery will mean there won't be issues when catching a ball.
A CT scan on Vargas' hand revealed a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone after he was hit with a line drive in a minor league game last Friday afternoon.
Vargas, who signed a two-year deal worth $16 million earlier this offseason, is expected to resume throwing roughly five days after surgery. He is not yet sure if he'll have to miss any starts during the regular season.
Meanwhile, Zack Wheeler has been throwing in Vargas' spot.