Although the Mets informed Jenrry Mejia Saturday that he would open the season in the starting rotation, there still remained some doubt as to whether the health of his bruised forearm would allow him to make his start as scheduled. With the Mets officially announcing their roster Sunday afternoon, it appears Mejia is all set.
Mar 23, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Mejia was struck in the right forearm by a comebacker during his start in Montreal Friday night, and was diagnosed with just a bruise after the game. He was due to be examined in New York on Sunday, and it would seem that the forearm checked out fine.
If there was any question about Mejia’s availability for the April 4 start against Cincinnati, the club would’ve likely already called on Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace him on the roster.
After announcing Saturday that Mejia had made the rotation, general manager Sandy Alderson noted that the plan was for Mejia to be a part of the rotation “going forward” – seemingly removing any ambiguity about Mejia’s status.