Mets set to welcome Jenrry Mejia back from suspension
Jenrry Mejia, who has yet to pitch in a big league game this season due to injury and a subsequent suspension for PED use, is set to return to the Mets on Tuesday in San Francisco.
Mejia was initially out to do an elbow issue, and was then suspended for 80 games due to using the steroid stanozolol.
While Mejia has been out, Jeurys Familia was inserted as closer and has dominated — converting 22 of 24 saves while posting a 1.16 ERA and 0.91 WHIP to go along with 40 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched.
Terry Collins said last week that Mejia, who made his final rehab appearance on Sunday, will enter a setup role upon his return.
If the Mets make the postseason, Mejia will not be eligible to participate due to the fact that he received a PED suspension earlier this season.
Since the team has implemented a six-man rotation, they’re carrying 13 pitchers and just four bench players — Eric Campbell, Darrell Ceciliani, John Mayberry, Jr., and Johnny Monell.
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With Mejia returning on Tuesday, the Mets will either have to drop a reliever or go even shorter on the bench. Dropping another position player at this point seems like it would be crazy, but it isn’t clear which pitcher would be dropped if it came to it.
Familia, Bobby Parnell, and Carlos Torres are going nowhere, and Hansel Robles has been pretty effective lately while often seeing late-inning action. If the team drops Gilmartin, they risk losing him, and Verrett has been quite good since joining the pen.
That would seem to leave Alex Torres as the logical odd-man out, but Terry Collins has been relying on him against lefties even though his splits indicate that he isn’t a fit for that role.
With the six-man rotation potentially lessening the need for a long-man, perhaps it will be Verrett who is dropped. On merit, though, it should be Alex Torres who’s shown the door.