Edgin targets 2016 opener after elbow surgery

Wright steps away for personal matter; Black throws off flat ground

Edgin targets 2016 opener after elbow surgery

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As expected, Mets reliever Josh Edgin underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Tuesday. Edgin hopes to return by Opening Day 2016.

Team orthopedist David Altchek performed the procedure on Edgin, who learned last week that he had a stretched ligament in his pitching elbow. Edgin briefly considered rehabbing his injury in lieu of undergoing surgery, but he ultimately called the operation "the best decision for my future and my family."

Edgin, 28, posted a 1.32 ERA in 47 appearances last season. In his absence, Sean Gilmartin, Dario Alvarez, Scott Rice and Jack Leathersich are competing to be the club's lefty specialist. With all four of those pitchers struggling to varying extents, the Mets could seek a replacement from outside the organization.

Personal day: One notable absence from the Mets' starting lineup in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Marlins was third baseman David Wright, who flew home to Virginia to tend to a personal matter. Wright reported back to camp on Tuesday afternoon, and he should return to the lineup for one of Thursday's split-squad games against the Astros and Cardinals. 

Black is back: Reliever Vic Black threw off flat ground on Tuesday for the first time since reporting right shoulder discomfort to the Mets last week. An MRI exam at the time revealed only weakness in his pitching shoulder.

Black on MRI

Black is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time on Friday before returning to Grapefruit League action.

Parnell, not quite yet: Though closer Bobby Parnell continues to inch toward his Grapefruit League debut, the Mets have yet to set a date for that. In addition to working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Parnell is nursing a minor left hamstring strain. He threw a routine bullpen session on Tuesday.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.