Jul 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jenrry Mejia has a hernia, has been pitching through it

After Sunday’s blown save and loss, Jenrry Mejia told reporters that he has a hernia. Mejia has been taking medication and pitching through the hernia for the last three weeks. This is in addition to the tight right calf and other soreness issues Mejia is dealing with.

Mejia said that he wants to continue pitching through the hernia, and does not want to have surgery until the season ends.

Mets manager Terry Collins said that doctors who have examined Mejia have said that he can pitch through the hernia if he feels up to it.

Chiming in on Twitter, former Met reliever Tim Byrdak said that when you’re pitching through a hernia, it becomes impossible to finish your pitches.

Thoughts:

While noting that Mejia has been told by doctors that pitching through his hernia is fine, Collins also noted that other Mets (R.A. Dickey and Scott Rice) have pitched through the same injury.

Still, it seems rather shortsighted for the Mets to be allowing this to go on with Mejia.

Mejia has dealt with injury issues throughout his career, this is his first full season in a relief role, and the Mets are not in contention. Throwing him out there while injured should not be something that’s happening.

It’s admirable that Mejia wants to continue pitching, but this decision should be taken out of his hands.

If the Mets do the smart thing and place Mejia on the disabled list, Jeurys Familia can take over as closer.

The Mets would then need to add another arm to the bullpen, and they have a number of solid options in Triple-A. Two intriguing bullpen options are Jack Leathersich and Cory Mazzoni, who is currently working as a starter.

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