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Mets will keep Jenrry Mejia around, shift to six-man rotation

Jul 26, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Jenrry Mejia was fantastic in his season debut for the Mets today, throwing seven shutout innings against the Nationals, and afterward manager Terry Collins announced that the 23-year-old right-hander will remain in what is now a six-man rotation.

In upping the rotation from five to six starters the Mets are making room for Mejia to stick around, but the shift also allows them to limit the overall workloads for 24-year-old Matt Harvey and 23-year-old Zack Wheeler. Harvey has already thrown 137 innings for the Mets and Wheeler has logged 107 innings between the majors and minors.

Because of elbow problems Mejia has thrown just 32 total innings this season even after his brilliant outing today and he’s scheduled to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow once the season is over.

  1. neoshweaty - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    If (which is a huge if) Mejia can stay healthy and can handle major league hitters, this mets rotation could be something to contend with really soon especially with some of the pitching prospects coming through the system. Now if only we could find some hitters to surround them with.

  2. thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    They will…..and then its game on, NL East.

  3. gonderfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Our Mets will dominate! It will be like Wilson, Isringhausen and Pulsipher all over again!

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM


    • gonderfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Thumb-downers, its our sense of humor that sustained us as Mets fans for 3000 years.

  4. scdocal - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Mets will have decent pitching. Harvey I the real deal, wheeler still has to figure things out, and this kid looked good. Mets have no offense though. David wright and a juiced marlon Byrd. I wouldn’t bet on them being a legit contender until they get some offense and a better bullpen

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