Jenrry Mejia Not Close To Being Ready

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Staying healthy has always been an obstacle in Jenrry Mejia’s pursuit of a starting job in the New York Mets’ rotation and it is that way again.

Mejia, who underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, isn’t a given in being ready for spring training.

If he was ready, he’s be the fourth starter slotted in after Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese.

MEJIA: When will we see him?

MEJIA: When will we see him?

As of now, general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t expect him any sooner than May.

“He demonstrated he could pitch effectively as a major-league starter,’’ Alderson said. “It’s a question of can he stay healthy. … He won’t even be able to demonstrate that over the course of spring training or even the first month of the season.’’

The 24-year-old Mejia made five starts with an ERA of 2.30 before needing surgery.

The puzzling thing in how this was handled was the Mets said Mejia needed surgery in the offseason, yet kept pitching him.

It wasn’t the first time the Mets mishandled Mejia.

In 2010, then-manager Jerry Manuel, who going into the season knew his job was in jeopardy, battled the front office to bring up Mejia at the start of the season to work in the bullpen.

The troubling aspect of this decision was Manuel rarely used Mejia, especially when the game was in the balance. Eventually, he was returned to the minors, but as a starter. The strain of changing roles damaged his arm and he underwent Tommy John surgery.

At the time, Mejia was the Mets’ hottest prospect, but by not settling on a defined role for him it hurt his trade value. After all, how could the Mets pitch to other teams his potential value as a starter when he wasn’t even in that role for them?

Alderson doesn’t know when Mejia will be ready, and how he’ll perform when he’s available. As of now, it is back to Square One for Mejia.

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9 thoughts on “Jenrry Mejia Not Close To Being Ready

  1. He did not say he wouldnt ready by spring training. He said that it would take more than than spring training and the first month of the season to demonstrate that he is healthy due to his history

  2. Baffling that he is not expected to be ready until May and they kept pitching him. They ought to know expected recovery time range – why let it back up into 2014, especially when the kids preferably are mid-June call ups for $$ reasons.

    2013 was a lost season at that point – shut him down earlier and get him ready for THE START of 2014 where all teams start out tied for 1st place, a time Met fans cherish.

    • tommyb: From the outset, they have not handled Mejia properly. He’s shown glimpses. Imagine if they took the same care with him that they did with Harvey and Wheeler.-JD

  3. I don’t agree with the way you state that “The strain of changing roles damaged his arm”. This is just an assumption that you write as if it is a fact.
    In the 60s and 70s starting in the bullpen then becoming a starter was common. I agree the Mets had a poor reason for doing this, but the process was not inherently harmful.

    I think you do a disservice to Met fans stating this as a fact and not an opinion.

    • since68: Things were different in the 60s and 70s. Today it is more about roles, and jumping from one role to another does put a strain on the arm. It is my opinion, but it also is factual. Very few pitchers can jump around from role to role.-JD

  4. I love the way this organization works. First they pitch Mejia with bone spurs on his elbow. Then when he finally cannot go out and pitch anymore, he gets the surgery. Then they say that its minor surgery with a short recovery time. Now Mejia may not be ready until May.

    This is by far the dumbest organization in baseball. The Marlins took apart a championship type team, played basically kids and in 2 years are closer to competing than the Mets in 4.

    The 3 Stooges are highly overrated.

    • It’s good to know a change in management has not changed how we handle our players.

      How about Harvey, the Cy Young candidate, the ace of the staff pitching with a very bad arm. How did that go?