Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mets News: Jenrry Mejia gets pulled from game with bruise on forearm, might hurt his chances to start against Reds
Jenrry Mejia’s final bid for a rotation spot might of ended with a liner to his forearm Friday night at Olympic Stadium.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins’ liner struck Mejia in the right forearm to open the bottom of the fifth inning. After a visit from Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez, Mejia slowly walked off the mound.
Mejia departed for a local hospital as the game ended to get X-rays. Collins said it swelled up a bit, let's hope it's not more than a bad bruise.. But, it could be more serious.
The forearm issue raises questions about whether Mejia will be available to take a potential start next Friday against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.
Terry Collins said before the game on Friday that Mejia was headed for the Game 4 start against the Reds, with Daisuke Matsuzaka being held back for a potential start two days later as a hedge against Jon Niese not being ready to return from a season-opening DL trip.
Now, if Mejia is unavailable, Matsuzaka likely would start Game 4 and John Lannan would be the hedge against Niese being unavailable.
Mejia produced this spring and looked great. He posted a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.