After Cory Mazzoni left the Mets’ final Grapefruit League game with an injury to his triceps, some – including manager Terry Collins – feared the worst. However, according to the team, Mazzoni’s injury isn’t serious. Writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Feb 26, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni (75) throws in the second inning during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
"The injury is considered “nothing significant” and Mazzoni is unlikely to miss much time, a Mets official suggested. Still, Mazzoni is due for a follow-up appointment with team doctors in New York."
Mazzoni, 24, was likely on track to open the season in the rotation for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to his injury.
When Mazzoni returns to action, the Mets have a number of options for him.
- He can join the Las Vegas rotation along with Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Logan Verrett, and Daisuke Matsuzaka – making it a six-man rotation.
- He can head back to Double-A Binghamton and start there.
- He can transition to the bullpen – where most in the Mets organization figure Mazzoni will wind up long-term.
Aside from the fact that there are so many starting pitchers in the Mets’ minor league system ahead of Mazzoni on the depth chart, most feel that his fastball in particular will play up in the pen, where he can dial it up to the mid 90s with regularity.
For now, though, Mazzoni remains in Port St. Lucie getting over his triceps injury.