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Mets injury update: Josh Edgin to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets lefty specialist Josh Edgin has chosen to have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2015 season.

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After a few days of thinking about whether to rest and rehab the stretched ligament in his left elbow or haveTommy John surgery, Josh Edgin has decided on the latter as his best course of action.

Edgin will miss the entire 2015 season, which leaves Scott Rice as the only left-handed option in the bullpen with any extensive major league experience. Rice is coming off surgery of his own last summer that removed bone spurs from his elbow.

The Mets may now be forced to acquire a lefty from outside the organization since their other internal options are thin and inexperienced. "We'll continue to look at all options," general manager Sandy Alderson told NJ.com's Mike Vorkunov. "We know what we have internally at this point. We'll hope that those options improve over the next couple weeks, become more attractive and continue to look externally as well."

Rule 5 draft pick Sean Gilmartin could be a strong candidate since he has to be offered back to the Minnesota Twins if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. There is also Jack Leathersich, who has posted very high strikeout rates in the minors, but has struggled mightily with his control, and Dario Alvarez, who has logged just seven innings of work above the High-A level.