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Jenrry Mejia to undergo hernia surgery on Thursday

By Danny Abriano
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Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who pitched most of the second half of the season with a sports hernia – among other nagging maladies – will undergo surgery to repair the injury on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Mejia closed out the game on Sunday, putting an emphatic stamp on the 79-83 campaign with the return of his patented “Mejia-Stomp.”

Overall in 2014, Mejia posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 63 appearances (including seven early-season starts) spanning 93.2 innings pitched.

After being moved to the bullpen, Mejia’s ERA and WHIP were 2.72 and 1.42 respectively over 56.1 innings.

As a reliever, Mejia struck out 9.59 per 9.

Thoughts:

It may not have been the best idea for Mejia to pitch through his injury (as his over-5 ERA in August shows), but he made it through and finished with a flourish.

Sports hernia surgery is common and has a quick recovery time, meaning Mejia should be ready well in advance of spring training and show no ill effects.

Mejia’s role for 2015, even though he performed very well, is in question.

He’ll almost certainly be part of the back-end of the Mets’ bullpen, but it’s yet to be determined whether he’ll remain the closer.

Bobby Parnell is expected back from Tommy John surgery, but he may not be ready by April. That makes Jeurys Familia the odds-on favorite to be the closer if it isn’t Mejia.

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