The baseball life has not been an easy one for Scott Rice. After spending seven years in the minor leagues, he finally made his big league debut with the Mets in 2013 and was a useful player. Appearing mostly against lefties, Rice pitched 51 innings spread across 73 appearances and accumulated a 3.71 ERA.
Did the Mets overwork Rice in his first major league season? That appeared to be the case when the lefty suffered a sports hernia in September and missed the final month of the season. Nevertheless, Rice was back at it with the Mets in 2014, but he wasn't nearly as effective as before. This season, Rice appeared in 32 games, but only accumulated 13.2 innings before being demoted in June with a 5.93 ERA and 1.98 WHIP.
Rice appeared to be pitching better at Triple-A Las Vegas, but later in the month, he developed pain in his pitching elbow and was sidelined. Later, it was found that a bone spur was the problem. Unable to pitch with the injury, Rice will have surgery tomorrow, ending his 2014 campaign.
It appears unlikely that he'll ever pitch for the Mets again considering the presence of Josh Edgin in the majors as well as Jack Leathersich as an up-and-coming lefty prospect. Here's wishing Rice luck in his future efforts.