R.A. Dickey has abdominal surgery
NEW YORK (AP)
The team says Dr. William Meyers performed the operation Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury.
A leading contender for the NL Cy Young Award, Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA this season. The 37-year-old knuckleballer led the National League in strikeouts (230), innings (233 2-3), shutouts (three) and complete games (five).
After his final outing of the season, Dickey revealed that he had pitched with a strained muscle on his right side since mid-April.
New York holds a $5.25 million option on Dickey's contract for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout. General manager Sandy Alderson has said the Mets would like to sign the right-hander to a multiyear deal.