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Jenrry Mejia shut down for the season with shoulder injury

Sep 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

Jenrry Mejia exited last night’s start in the third inning with arm soreness and has now been shut down for the remainder of the season with what the Mets are calling a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade.
Mejia had a similar injury while pitching in the minors earlier this season and obviously the Mets have every reason to be cautious with the 20-year-old right-hander. He had planned to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, but there’s no word yet on whether the injury would rule that out.
After making the Opening Day roster as a reliever Mejia pitched mostly in mop-up situations for two months, headed back to the minors to resume starting, and rejoined the Mets two weeks ago. He logged a total of just 81 innings between the majors and minors after throwing only 95 innings last season, so if the Mets are going to hand Mejia a rotation spot for 2011 they may have to do so with the intention of limiting his workload.

  1. John_Michael - Sep 16, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Countdown until ‘This Never Would Have Happened If He Was In The Bull Pen’ deadline buzzer beater.

  2. BC - Sep 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Do we have ANY pitcher healthy or not in jail? And no, Ollie Perez doesn’t count.

  3. John_Michael - Sep 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Right, you said ‘pitcher,’ not a belly itcher.

  4. Trevor B - Sep 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    That would also make sure he’d never be a good pitcher. Let’s now take a moment of silence to remember Nefalti Feliz’s potential at being a dominate starter… or is there still hope there?

  5. Simon DelMonte - Sep 16, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Messrs Dickey and Gee seem to be fine. So does Mr. Niese.
    This is not a good sign about Mejia’s durability, but neither is it a red flag. It’s just one of those things that happens to pitchers.

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