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Former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner signs minor league deal with Cardinals

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Hefner had two Tommy John surgeries over the past three years.

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Former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner, who made 36 starts with the team in 2012 and 2013 before requiring two Tommy John surgeries, has signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. In his time with the Mets, Hefner had a 4.65 ERA and 4.14 FIP.

The 29-year-old experienced a series of setbacks over the past few years. He had his first Tommy John surgery in August 2013. He was aiming to return to the Mets by late 2014, but a second surgery after only six minor league rehab starts put him back on the shelf.

Hefner was non-tendered by the Mets after the 2013 season, but he signed a minor league deal with the team for 2014. He hit free agency again after that season and went unsigned in 2015. Hefner pitched in one game in the Dominican Winter League this year, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing only one hit.