Mets place Jenrry Mejia on DL, recall Erik Goeddel from Triple-A
While confirming the report that Jenrry Mejia is dealing with elbow inflammation, the Mets announced on Tuesday that Mejia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 5.
According to the team, Mejia received a cortisone shot and will not be able to pitch in games for at least the next 10 days.
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RHP Erik Goeddel, who is on the 40-man roster, will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Mejia’s spot on the roster and in the bullpen.
Goeddel, 26, made six appearances for the Mets last season, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 6.2 innings pitched.
In 49 relief appearances spanning 63.2 innings pitched last season for Las Vegas, Goeddel posted a 5.37 ERA (4.38 FIP) and 1.68 WHIP.
Sandy Alderson intimated on Monday that Mejia would be replaced by another reliever if he wound up on the disabled list. The promotion of Goeddel once again leaves the Mets with eight relievers.
Shortly after it was announced that Mejia had inflammation in his elbow but no structural damage, it was reported that the Mets had some hope he’d be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list. That seemed unlikely, and the Mets have done the prudent thing by placing Mejia on the DL.
There was some thought that RHP Zack Thornton, who had a stellar spring, would be called up to replace Mejia, but the fact that Thornton is not on the 40-man roster may have been a factor in Erik Goeddel getting the call instead.
Thornton, 26, was acquired from the Pirates last season as part of the deal that sent Ike Davis to Pittsburgh.
No matter how quickly Mejia returns, it’s likely that Goeddel’s stint with the Mets will be a short one.
Vic Black, who is working his way back from shoulder soreness, was scheduled to throw an inning in a minor league game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie and should be ready to return soon.
Bobby Parnell, just about ready to return from Tommy John surgery, may be able to rejoin the team in a few weeks.