Aug 4, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) reacts after the ninth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jenrry Mejia was dealing with back/side issue on Monday

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Jenrry Mejia was dealing with a left lower back/side issue during the ninth inning of Monday’s game, when he surrendered the eventual winning run.

Mejia wouldn’t use the issue as an excuse after the game, but said he had a similar issue in July that went away after he was given a few days off.

During his appearance Monday, announcer Ron Darling observed that Mejia appeared uncomfortable after delivering one of his pitches, and suggested that Mejia was likely dealing with an injury.

With two outs and runners on first and second, pitching coach Dan Warthen made a trip to the mound while Dana Eveland warmed up in the bullpen. However, Mejia remained in the game and eventually allowed a flare double to Pablo Sandoval as the Giants took a 4-3 lead.


Thoughts:

Allowing a pitcher to remain in a game when he’s dealing with a minor issue is something that happens from time to time, but it’s pretty foolish that the Mets allowed Mejia to continue on Monday.

Mejia was clearly bothered by the injury, as he threw 11 straight secondary offerings at one point in the ninth inning – straying away from his cutting fastball.

By keeping him in the game, the Mets jeopardized Mejia and also put themselves in a position to fail.

If the injury occurred while Mejia was warming up, it was on bullpen coach Ricky Bones to relay the problem. If it occurred while he was pitching, it was on pitching coach Dan Warthen to remove him.

Instead, the Mets allowed an injured pitcher to risk further health issues while losing a game in the process.

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