Jenrry Mejia has elbow issue, will be examined Tuesday

By Danny Abriano

Jenrry Mejia warmed up prior to the ninth inning on Monday but did not enter the game due to right elbow stiffness.

Late on Monday night, the Mets announced that Mejia will travel to New York on Tuesday to be examined by team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

After warming up on Monday, Mejia jogged from the bullpen to the dugout before heading into the clubhouse with trainer Ray Ramirez.

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After the game, Terry Collins told reporters that what was bothering Mejia on Monday is a new injury and that he couldn’t get loose while warming up in the ninth.

Collins said that if Mejia has to miss time, Jeurys Familia will likely become the closer with both Carlos Torres and Rafael Montero setting him up.

Sandy Alderson told reporters that if Mejia lands on the disabled list, the Mets will likely call up another pitcher while sticking with an eight-man bullpen.


As is noted above, the elbow problem Mejia was dealing with on Monday was a new injury – making it a bit odd that the team allowed him to warm up after having been notified of his elbow stiffness.

The severity of Mejia’s ailment isn’t known, but it’s clear the Mets are setting their contingency plan in the event Mejia needs to be placed on the disabled list.

It will be a blow to the bullpen if Mejia has to miss time, but most feel that Jeurys Familia has the best stuff in the bullpen, making a transition to closer for him a natural progression.

Although Sandy Alderson noted that the Mets would stick with an eight-man relief corps for now, Mejia being out (as unfortunate as it would be), would seemingly open a spot for Vic Black when he’s ready to return.