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Pitcher R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets throws against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on October 2, 2012 in Miami, Florida. R.A. Dickey.

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By the Way, R.A. Dickey’s Been Pitching Hurt Almost All Season

R.A. Dickey's been the best individual story in baseball this season, when he made the jump from eminently likable knuckleballer to eminently likable knuckleballer who might just win the Cy Young Award. But last night, after Dickey made his final appearance of 2012 in the Mets' 4-3 extra-innings loss to Miami, Dickey revealed that he's been pitching hurt almost all season. He tore his right abdominal muscle during his second start of the season on April 13, and last night it flared up and the pain worsened. He'll have surgery on October 18 to fix the tear.

Dickey said after the game that during the course of the year, "The pain was fairly significant from time to time," and that "We just did a good job of managing that." Last night was different, though. Via ESPN New York: "I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain that I'm feeling now, I hadn't felt before. But, tonight, it was hard to catch my breath sometimes."

Oh, and Dickey's final numbers for the 2012 season? A 20-6 record, a 2.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and 230 strikeouts in 233.2 innings.

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