While Sandy Alderson was being interviewed by Ron Darling and Gary Cohen with the tarp on the field last night, one of the topics the Mets GM touched upon was the rehabilitation process of pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Alderson stated that Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, is still progressing well, and will join Triple-A Buffalo today after his most recent start.
Mejia has made four starts throughout Single-A and Double-A as he continues his comeback. Thus far, he holds a 1-0 record and 3.79
ERA as a starter. His most recent start happened yesterday in New Britain for the Binghamton Mets, where he went five innings, surrendering four runs, five hits, and three walks, while striking out five. In his five frames of work, Mejia threw 75 pitches, 44 of which were strikes.
He’s now onto his final rehab assignment, joining Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia in Buffalo’s starting rotation, giving them a pretty mean three-headed monster for the opposition to deal with. When talking during last night’s rain delay, Alderson reiterated what Terry Collins has been saying about Mejia possibly joining the Mets bullpen once he is finished with his rehab assignments. To this point, Mejia has only pitched as a starter, so he should eventually be switching to the Bisons’ bullpen to get himself prepared for his role at the Major League level this year.
After seeing another underwhelming performance from Manny Acosta, I’m even more excited to see Mejia get promoted to Triple-A. In giving up 3 runs in his 2 innings of working last night, Acosta’s ERA has now ballooned up to 10.80 on the season, accompanied with a 2.12 WHIP, 0.78 GB/FB, and .337 opp BA. Needless to say, he’s be absolutely terrible in just about all 18 games we’ve seen him in. So, I have a feeling that once Mejia is ready to join the New York bullpen, it will be Acosta that gets the boot, which is already long overdue. Mets fans can only hope and pray that Mejia will be Acosta’s ticket out of town.