New York Mets News

Jenrry Mejia still listed as Wednesday night starter

By Danny Abriano

While reports have suggested that Jenrry Mejia may be on his way to the bullpen, most likely replaced in the rotation by Rafael Montero, the Mets continue to list Mejia as Wednesday night’s starter against the Yankees at Citi Field.

May 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Montero, who is Mejia’s rumored potential replacement, is on turn for a start on Wednesday night (in what would be his major league debut).

He tossed 5.1 no-hit innings in his most recent start for Triple-A Las Vegas.

There had been some thought that while the Mets were floating Montero as the starter-in-waiting, Daisuke Matsuzaka might be the short-term rotation replacement. However, the fact that Matsuzaka pitched Sunday has seemingly eliminated him from contention for Wednesday’s start.

Mejia’s status could change, but one would think that an announcement would be made sooner rather than later if the Mets are indeed replacing Mejia in the rotation.

After his status as a starter was termed a “start to start” thing, Mejia had an uneven performance on Friday night against the Phillies.

In 4.2 innings of work on Friday, Mejia allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out four. He threw 101 pitches.

If the Mets change course and shift Mejia to the bullpen prior to Wednesday night’s game, the club will have to remove one of their current relievers from the 25-man roster.

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