New York Mets News

Jenrry Mejia undergoes successful hernia surgery

By Danny Abriano

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia underwent successful surgery on his sports hernia on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Mejia chose to pitch through the hernia during the second half of the season, while opting to delay the surgery.

According to the Mets, rehab for the injury is expected to take three weeks, with Mejia expected to be ready well in advance of spring training.

After moving to the bullpen in May, Mejia posted a 2.72 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 56 1/3 innings pitched while recording 28 saves.


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.