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Jenrry Mejia exits Thursday’s game with back stiffness

By Danny Abriano

UPDATE, June 13:

According to Jenrry Mejia, he felt the stiffness in his back while he was warming up and both bullpen coach Ricky Bones and pitching coach Ricky Bones were aware.

However, Mejia wanted to pitch, and the Mets allowed him to until the pain became unbearable.


Playing/pitching through pain is something that happens often, but it seems a bit foolish that the Mets allowed Mejia to pitch through pain in a game in the middle of June during a potentially lost season.

While preparing to pitch in the top of the 11th inning Thursday night, Jenrry Mejia pulled up lame while delivering a warmup pitch.

May 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

After a brief visit from trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Terry Collins, Mejia walked off the field and was replaced by Gonzalez Germen.

Mejia had entered with one out in the 10th, and retired both batters he faced.

Shortly after Mejia exited the game, the Mets said that Mejia was taken out because of back stiffness.


Mejia has been excellent since moving from the rotation to the bullpen, and has become completely comfortable as the closer.

It would be unfortunate if the club lost Mejia for any length of time, but Thursday’s back issue seems minor.

Let’s hope the issue turns out to be minor, allowing Mejia to quickly return to the back-end of a Mets bullpen that’s actually starting to come together.