Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Mets Batista will hold the fifth spot in the rotation down for now, Jenrry Mejia might be on the way!
Batista can hold down the fifth spot if he pitches effectively. But the Mets actually have an old friend in mind as a possible alternative, Jenrry Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May.
“A lot of people might forget about Mejia,” said one high-ranking team official.
“But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.”
Mejia, the phenom from 2010 who is still just 22 years old, is scheduled to make a rehab start in the Florida State League on Wednesday. Organizational sources say that the Mets are leaning toward viewing Mejia as a reliever long-term, but that it is possible he could be a stopgap starter within weeks.
At the very least, the team expects him at Citi Field before any of their other top pitching prospects, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler.
“Mejia will likely be in New York sooner than the other three,” said a team official.
With Young progressing well from surgery to repair torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, the Mets feel that they might only need to plug four or five turns in the rotation, if all other starters remain healthy.
Friday, May 04, 2012
|Harvey not a option|
But the reality of the situation is that both Jeremy Hefner and Miguel Batista are candidates to start against the Phillies next week and Harvey is not.
Neither are fellow prospects Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler, who would not be considered even if he were not on the disabled list for Double-A Binghamton with a fingernail issue.
Sandy Alderson understands the clamor for Matt Harvey, and the desire some fans feel to see a phenom pitching in New York. But the GM also knows that he has a responsibility to treat one of his most valuable assets cautiously.
“Aside from Matt himself — and I love that he thinks this way — there is no one in the organization who feels he is ready to be in the major leagues,” Alderson told the Daily News on Thursday.
Matt Harvey is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo. Also in 30 innings, he has given up 31 hits..
“He has only had 30 innings at Triple-A,” Alderson said. “He is not ready.”