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Mets shift Jenrry Mejia back to rotation at Triple-A

Jul 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia is a starter again.

After sitting out a year following Tommy John elbow surgery Mejia returned as a starter, made seven starts before shifting to the bullpen, and is now moving back into the Triple-A rotation, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Assistant general manager Paul DePodesta admitted to Rubin last week that the Mets’ decision-makers “have wrestled with” Mejia’s role and “don’t want to keep having him go back and forth.”

Prior to the injury Mejia ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in both 2010 and 2011, but his 33/18 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season suggests the 22-year-old will need some more time in the minors next season before being a big-league option again.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I never understood the bullpen move, he was pretty decent as a starter after coming back from Tommy John. I guess it doesn’t matter now, keep him as a starter and let him continue his development.

  2. cruuuzcontrol - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    They thought he could help in the bullpen this year. They were wrong. No shame in admitting it and changing your mind. Just let this be the last time his role gets so abruptly changed.

  3. exibitsman - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    he will be in the starting rotation next year

  4. keithbangedyermom - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I’d rather see him as a starter as well.

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