Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mets News: Mejia makes the rotation, Dice-K will open in Triple-A - Maybe??
Jenrry Mejia makes the roster and the fifth spot in the rotation, despite reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka was going to make it all along.
Dice-K will open the season with Vegas Triple-A, but there is a chance that he could still be used at the major league level without even going down.
Despite the demotion, four scenarios exist in which Matsuzaka can pitch in the majors very soon:
1) Mejia, who has a forearm bruise after being struck with a line drive Friday, is unable to make the Game 4 start and needs to be placed on the disabled list.
2) Jon Niese, who is slated to return from the disabled list April 6 to face the Cincinnati Reds, is unable to make that start.
3) The Mets navigate the Mejia and Niese injuries OK and Matsuzaka replaces Mejia after one turn through the rotation. (Officially, Alderson says the intention is to keep Mejia in the rotation beyond one start.)
4) A rainout on Opening Day means Dillon Gee’s start is pushed to Tuesday and he cannot come back as planned on Saturday, requiring Matsuzaka to step in since Niese is not eligible to return from the DL until the following day.
Matsuzaka had five scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none, against the Jays on Saturday. Matsuzaka ended exhibition play with a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.
Mejia had a 2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings of work this spring...