Jenrry Mejia was struck in his right (pitching) forearm with a comebacker during the fifth inning of his start Friday night in Montreal, and was immediately removed from the game.
Mar 28, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws the ball in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
After the ball struck him, a bump quickly developed on Mejia’s forearm before he walked off the field.
Prior to being forced out, Mejia had pitched well, limiting the Blue Jays to one run on five hits in four innings of work. He walked one and struck out three.
The Mets released an update on Mejia that classified his injury as a forearm contusion, and said that he would be going for precautionary x-rays after the game.
Before being struck by the comebacker, Mejia appeared on track to open the season in the rotation – likely taking the hill for a start on April 4 against Cincinnati.
If the x-rays come back negative and Mejia is deemed good to go, he would have just about a week to get ready for the April 4 start.
Even if everything comes back fine, the Mets could always opt to have Daisuke Matsuzaka start in Mejia’s place – which would be an unfortunate break for Mejia.