Showing posts with label Jenrry Mejia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jenrry Mejia. Show all posts

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mets News: Mejia and Granderson both out until atleast Sunday

Why Now?

Mets News:

According to ESPN Reports, Terry Collins does not foresee Jenrry Mejia landing on the disabled list, but the manager also expects the closer to remain unavailable on Saturday.

Mejia underwent an MRI on Friday. He has swelling in his lower back and continued stiffness after departing Thursday's game.
"They gave him some medication to relax the area a little bit," Collins said. "But he's got some swelling. So they said it's probably going to be a day or so before he's going to be available. No DL."
Collins added that Curtis Granderson (left ankle) also probably would not be available again Saturday.
"We won't know until he gets here in the morning and goes through his stuff with the trainers," Collins said. "He's pretty frustrated with it, but I think it still might be one more day. But we'll see how it is."

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Cleared, Mejia Clears Hurdle, Gee Rehab Start, The "Soup" will get playing time

Mets News and Notes:

D'Arnaud cleared
Travis d’Arnaud was cleared Thursday to begin baseball activities including running, throwing and hitting in a cage. The go-ahead came nine days after d’Arnaud suffered a concussion as the result of getting struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the Bronx.

D’Arnaud still may be several days away from returning to the lineup. Terry Collins mentioned he would like d’Arnaud to get at-bats on a rehab assignment. Physicians will need to sign off before any game activity occurs.

D’Arnaud said he was symptom-free for the first time Wednesday. Previously, he was dealing with “a lot of headaches,” sensitivity to light and sound, and trouble sleeping.

D’Arnaud indicated he has now suffered three concussions during his professional career. One came on April 25, 2011, while he was playing in Double-A with the Toronto Blue Jays, when he was struck with consecutive foul balls and immediately became dizzy. He departed that game an inning later. The other came in 2008 on a play at the plate as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, when he took a foot to the face after discarding his mask.

Mejia Clears Hurdle
Jenrry Mejia cleared a psychological hurdle Thursday while notching his second career save.

Mejia worked back-to-back days for the first time since June 5-6, 2010 while completing the Mets’ 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mejia has been leery about working on consecutive days because he feels the injury woes he suffered earlier in his career were linked to a bullpen-type workload rather than the consistency of starting.

Mejia is warming to closing, even though he staunchly has said he prefers starting.

Mejia’s light workload Wednesday -- eight pitches in a scoreless inning -- proved a perfect opportunity to get the emerging closer work for a second straight day.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud 7 Day, Mejia Closing, Edgin Official, ESPN Mock Draft

Mets News and Notes:

d'Arnaud 7 Day:
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck on the top of the head with Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the ninth inning on Tuesday, has landed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Juan Centeno has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take d'Arnaud's spot. Centeno caught right-hander Jacob deGrom's major league debut on Thursday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field.

Centeno and Anthony Recker will form the Mets' catching duo for the next week.

Because d'Arnaud already has sat out Wednesday's game, he will be eligible to return next Wednesday, for the second game of a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Mejia Closing:
The Mets plan to use Jenrry Mejia as the closer on Thursday night should they have a late and close lead. And Terry Collins believes over time Mejia will emerge as the regular closer.

Still, Collins said Mejia cannot be anointed to the role yet because the 24-year-old right-hander is not ready to pitch on consecutive days.

Mejia has not worked on back-to-back days at any professional level since June 5-6, 2010 -- his last time as a reliever in the majors.

Mejia is transitioning from a starting role to relief. He had a wonderful first appearance back in the bullpen, recording four outs at Yankee Stadium on Monday, hours after learning he had lost his rotation spot.

Four different Mets have recorded saves this season: the newly dumped Kyle Farnsworth (three), Jose Valverde (two), Carlos Torres (one) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (one). Planned closer Bobby Parnell landed on the disabled list after Opening Day and subsequently underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mets News: Mets Resculpting Pitching Staff (Updated) - Montero, deGrom, Mejia to get new roles..

Mets News:

Rafael Montero is due to join the Mets for the Subway Series and will start Wednesday, Sandy Alderson told ESPN NY.

This year, he is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for the 51s. He tossed 5 1/3 no-hit innings in his last Triple-A start.

Jenrry Mejia will move to the bullpen.

Also, Jacob deGrom was scratched from Monday's Las Vegas start. He will be called up Tuesday and Gonzalez Germen was placed on the 15 day DL with a virus. DeGrom will work out of the bullpen.

DeGrom, 25, is 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in seven Triple-A starts this season. His fastball typically sits at 91-94 mph. The sinker is complemented by a slider and a changeup.

Mets will probably make another move on Wednesday, as speculated the casualty could be Jose Valverde.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mets Rumors: Rafael Montero to get start in Subway Series?

Mets Rumors:

Jenrry Mejia's spot in the New York Mets' rotation is in serious jeopardy, and the team could call up 23-year-old Rafael Montero to make his major-league debut next week in the Subway Series against the New York Yankees.

According to reports, Mejia met briefly Saturday afternoon with manager Terry Collins, who told him only that the Mets have yet to make a decision on whether he'll make his next start, scheduled for Wednesday night at Citi Field against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka. Mejia is 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA, but he's coming off three consecutive subpar starts.

While reports say Collins didn't use Montero's name, he admitted calling up someone from Triple-A Las Vegas is a real possibility, rather than giving a start to Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings in a Friday night start for Las Vegas, and while he needed 98 pitches to get 16 outs, the Mets believe he's a strike-thrower who won't have command trouble in the big leagues.

Montero is one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, and there was always a thought that he could come to the big leagues at some point this season. The original speculation was that it wouldn't be this soon.

Montero, who finished last season at Triple-A, is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for the 51s this season.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Preview: Game 34 - Philadelphia Phillies (15-18) at New York Mets (16-17) - Roberto Hernandez (2-1) 4.50 ERA vs Jenrry Mejia (3-0) 5.23 ERA

Preview: Game 34 - Philadelphia Phillies (15-18) at New York Mets (16-17)
Pitching Probables - Roberto Hernandez (2-1) 4.50 ERA vs  Jenrry Mejia (3-0) 5.23 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM


The Mets attempt to jump-start their scuffling offense and avoid approaching their longest scoring drought in 22 years Friday night against the visiting Phillies.

New York (16-17) has dropped six of seven games after allowing a run to score on a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 1-0 loss at Miami on Wednesday. The Mets were swept for the second time this season despite allowing only eight runs in the three games.

Their offense was limited to a .157 average and three total runs in the series. New York has been shut out over the last 23 innings for their longest such streak since a 24-inning drought July 15-17, 2010.

They went 30 straight innings without a run July 24-28, 1992.

David Wright is 10 for 26 with four doubles in six games, but he hasn't homered since opening day, and has two RBIs in his past eight games.

Perhaps facing the Phillies (15-18) could get Wright and the Mets going.

Wright is batting .373 with five homers and 12 RBIs over the last 12 meetings, helping New York to five straight wins in the series.

Philadelphia should be happy to see any team besides Toronto after its pitchers posted a 7.20 ERA and surrendered 11 homers in four consecutive losses. Five of those home runs came in Thursday's 12-6 defeat after losing 10-0 a day earlier.

Roberto Hernandez, formerly was known as Fausto Carmona. Signed with the Phillies as a free agent for one year at $4.5 million on Dec. 12. After spending seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Hernandez went 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA in 32 appearances (24 starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Hernandez (2-1, 4.50 ERA) hopes to build on his best performance of the season for the Phillies. After allowing 10 runs over 10 innings in his previous two starts, the right-hander tossed four-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a 1-0 victory over Washington.

Hernandez, who hasn't won back-to-back starts since April 28 and May 3, 2011, with Cleveland, is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in three road starts this season.

The Mets are scheduled to counter with Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), who worked four scoreless inning before surrendering a career-high eight runs in the fifth in Saturday's 11-10 loss at Colorado.

That was a week after five of the six runs the right-hander allowed came in the sixth inning of a 7-6 defeat in 10 to Miami.

Mejia was hit hard in his only start against the Phillies, yielding six runs and nine hits over four innings in an 8-4 loss Sept. 10, 2010.

Phillies Notes: Phillies Shortstop Jimmy Rollins tweaked his right groin muscle Sunday against the Washington Nationals. He has yet to return to shortstop. In a home-and-home four-game series against Toronto, Rollins pinch-hit Monday and Tuesday in Philly. He then served as the designated hitter on Wednesday and Thursday in the American League ballpark.

Freddy Galvis has started three of the past four games at shortstop, with Jayson Nix starting the other game. After going hitless in three at-bats Thursday, Galvis is hitting .048 (2-for-42) this season.

Rollins is 28 hits shy of matching the Phillies’ all-time record, held by Mike Schmidt with 2,234. Richie Ashburn ranks second with 2,217 hits as a Phillie, from 1948-59.

Mejia has to bounce back and the Mets bats have to get started in the home opener... LGM!

Mets Fun Fact:

Out of All the Mets - Curtis Granderson is hitting .415 vs Hernandez (RAYS/INDIANS) (17 for 41) with  3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, and 6 RBIs  

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Preview: Game 29 - Mets (15-13) at Rockies (18-13) - Mejia (3-0) vs Morales (3-1)

Preview: Game 29
New York Mets (15-13) at Colorado Rockies (18-13)
Pitching Probables - Jenrry Mejia (3-0) 3.49 ERA vs Franklin Morales (3-1) 4.40 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio  - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch -  8:10 PM


The New York Mets will look to steal one away from the hot hitting Colorado Rockies, who are down two in a four game series..

Colorado could get Carlos Gonzalez back in the lineup Saturday night against the visiting New York Mets as it shoots for a sixth victory in seven games. One of the few Rockies struggling has been Gonzalez, who sat out Friday with a left index finger injury but said he should be ready for this contest. Gonzalez hit .311 from 2010-13, but he's batting just .245 on the season.

He homered in each of his last two games, though, including Thursday's series-opening 7-4 win before suffering the injury. Gonzalez is hitting .474 with two homers in his last five against the Mets (15-13), who entered this series having won seven of nine.

The Rockies (18-13) scored at least 10 runs for the fifth time this season Friday, as Charlie Blackmon homered, Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs and Nolan Arenado extended the majors' longest hitting streak to 22 games in a 10-3 win.

Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario had two RBIs apiece for Colorado, which has outscored opponents 40-22 over its last six. Tulowitzki is batting a major league-best .385, and is 10 for 17 with two homers and eight RBIs over his last five.

Blackmon is second to Tulowitzki with a .380 average.

Granderson hit a two-run homer Friday, and Juan Lagares added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11.

New York has lost five of six meetings at Coors Field.

The Mets will look to get back on track behind Jenrry Mejia, who is coming off his worst outing of the season. After posting a 1.99 ERA through is first four starts, Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-6, 10-inning loss to Miami last Saturday.

The right-hander gave up five of those runs in the sixth inning after entering the frame with a 5-1 lead.

Mejia will set a new career high with his sixth start in a season while looking to shut down the high-scoring Rockies. He gave up two runs -- one earned -- and struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings of New York's 3-2 victory (no decison) in his only start against Colorado on Aug. 6.

The Rockies will counter with Franklin Morales as he looks to win a fourth straight start.

Morales (3-1, 4.40) has a 3.00 ERA during his run after allowing four runs in five innings of Monday's 8-5 victory over Arizona. He had allowed one run in each of his previous two starts.

The left-hander has never made a start against the Mets, posting a 6.23 ERA with no record and one save in seven relief appearances. Curtis Granderson has good numbers off Morales.. He is batting 3 for 5 with a HR and 2 walks...


Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Preview: Game 24 - Miami Marlins (10-13) at New York Mets (13-10) - Slowey (0-0) vs Mejia (3-0)

Preview: Game 24
Miami Marlins (10-13) at New York Mets (13-10)
Pitching Probables - Kevin Slowey (0-0) 4.15 ERA vs Jenrry Mejia (3-0) 1.99 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


The New York Mets will send Jenrry Mejia (3-0) on the mound against the Miami Marlins (10-13), who has certainly found a rhythm on the mound. He currently owns the lowest ERA (1.99) of any member of the rotation. The right-hander has tossed a career-best 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

He allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings while collecting seven strikeouts in Monday's 2-0 win over St. Louis.

Mejia is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in six meetings with the Marlins (10-13), and he lost his only start against them 3-2 on July 31, giving up three runs in six innings.

The Marlins are hitting .179 with four runs during that slide in New York, and the offense isn't looking much better with a .193 average and 10 runs while dropping three of five.

Two of Garrett Jones' four hits over the past four games have been homers, but they've been solo shots in losing efforts. That includes one while going 2 for 4 in the opener of this series, improving to 10 for 25 with three homers and eight RBIs in seven games at Citi Field. However, he's 0 for 3 versus Mejia. The current Marlins only have 21 career AB's vs Mejia and have four hits (.190).

The Marlins will give Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15) a second turn in the rotation in place of the injured Jacob Turner (strained right shoulder).

Slowey, who made his first four appearances out of the bullpen, allowed two runs and three hits in five innings in a 3-2 win over Seattle on Sunday.

The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings of relief while striking out eight in a 2-1, 20-inning win at New York on June 8.

Slowey against the Mets is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in his career. He hasn't fared well versus Curtis Granderson, who is 6 for 16 (.375) with three doubles and a homer in their matchups. Bobby Abreu, who has 18 AB's against Slowey in his career, is batting .389 vs him with 1 2B and 3 HR's with 4 RBI's. David Wright also has fared well against Slowey batting .500 (6 for 12) with 1 2B and 1 HR with 2 RBI's. The Mets as a team are batting .337 (28 for 83) with 7 HR's vs Slowey..

The Mets will have the numbers on their side for this one, but the Mets have to translate that on the field in order to get the win... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Preview: Game 19 - St.Louis Cardinals (11-8) vs New York Mets (9-9) - Lyons (0-0) vs Mejia (2-0)

Preview: Game 19
St. Louis Cardinals (11-8) vs New York Mets (9-9)
Pitching Probables - Tyler Lyons (0-0) 0.00 ERA vs Jenrry Mejia (2-0) 2.81 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


Making the start for the Cardinals (11-8) Monday will be Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who is being recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the spot created due to Joe Kelly's hamstring injury. Lyons, a left-hander, went 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) -- as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2013 and is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts for Memphis this year. The Mets have never faced Lyons..

But Lyons will have to try to slow down David Wright, who is hitting .380 with eight RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak for the Mets (9-9) after going 4 for 6 in Sunday's 4-3, 14-inning victory against Atlanta. Wright is also batting .452 over his last eight games versus St. Louis. Daniel Murphy is hitting .450 over his last 10 games versus St. Louis.

New York gives the nod to Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81), who has enjoyed a surprisingly successful start to the season after entering with a 2-6 record and 4.53 ERA in 11 career starts. A torn blister on his finger caused him to leave Tuesday's 9-0 win at Arizona after five shutout innings, though it isn't expected to be a serious concern.

Mejia threw three scoreless innings against the Cardinals over two relief appearances in 2010.

Yadier Molina is hitting .400 during an 11-game hitting streak, while Matt Adams and Jon Jay are a combined 18 for 45 (.400) while hitting safely in each of the team's last six games.

The Cardinals took five of seven between the teams last year and have won eight of the last 11.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Preview: Game 14 - New York Mets (6-7) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4-12) - Jenrry Mejia (1-0) 4.09 ERA vs Bronson Arroyo (1-0) 4.82 ERA

Preview: Game 14
New York Mets (6-7) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4-12)
Pitching Probables - Jenrry Mejia (1-0) 4.09 ERA vs Bronson Arroyo (1-0) 4.82 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - 9:40 PM


The Mets (6-7) look to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season. They will face veteran starter Bronson Arroyo, who signed as a free agent this offseason. The D'Back have dropped 4 in a row (4-12).

Arroyo, who played for Cincinnati for years is 8-3 with a 3.63 ERA vs the Mets in his career. The current Mets combined have hit .273 (30 for 110) with 3 HR's and 7 RBI's. Daniel Murphy has owned Arroyo (6 for 13 (.462) with 2 2B's. David Wright, who has 38 AB's vs Arroyo is batting .237 with 1 HR , 4 RBI's.

Arroyo (1-0) won his last time out (April 9th ) in San Francisco going 5 IP, 6 HIts, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.

The Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia (1-0), who has never faced the D'Backs in his career.  He got a no decision last time out (April 10th) @ Atlanta when he went 5 IP, 6 Hits, 4 ER, 2 HR's, 4 BB's, 7 K's. The Mets won 6-4.  Only two players on the D'Backs roster have career 5 AB's vs Mejia. Martin Prado (4), Cody Ross (1).

Let's hope Mejia can contain the D'Backs and the Mets can put up some runs against Arroyo... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Preview: Game 9 - New York Mets (3-5) at Atlanta Braves (5-3) - Mejia (1-0) vs Hale (0-0)

Preview: Game 9
New York Mets (3-5) at Atlanta Braves (5-3)
Pitching Probables - Jenrry Mejia (1-0) 1.50 ERA vs David Hale (0-0) 0.00 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio 710 WOR - 7:10PM


The Mets will try and steal the final game of the three game series in Atlanta. The Mets will have RHP Jenrry Mejia on the mound as most like to call him "Lil' Pedro". Mejia (1-0) his last time out faced the Reds going 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 8. He also gave up 1 earned run. The Braves have only seen him in limited action. The Braves that have faced him are hitting .286 vs Mejia (4 for 14).  Dan Uggla has connected with a HR against Mejia.

The Mets will face Princeton Alum RHP David Hale. This will be the first time the Mets will face Hale. Hale went five innings in his first start (in Wash), giving up 5 hits, no earned runs, walked 2, while striking out 4.  He got a "No Decision".

Mets better start hitting now, Let's see how they handle Hale..

Mets Predicted Lineup

  1. Eric Young - LF
  2. Daniel Murphy -2B
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF
  5. Juan Lagares - CF
  6. Ike Davis - 1B
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS

Note: Ike Davis will start in place of Lucas Duda, Read Here

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 4 - Reds (3) at Mets (4) - Dipity Duda, Mejia Gets the Win



New York

W: J. Mejia (1-0) L: M. Leake (0-1) S: J. Valverde (1)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (2)   NYM - L. Duda (1),L. Duda (2)


Lucas Duda launched a pair of two-run homers, Jenrry Mejia struck out a career-high eight batters, and the New York Mets claimed their first win of the season with a 4-3 decision over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Duda took Cincinnati starter Mike Leake deep in the fourth and then again in the sixth to provide plenty of run support for Mejia (1-0), who held the Reds to one run on four hits and five walks over six frames.

New York reliever John Lannan served up a two-run blast to Jay Bruce in the seventh that brought the Reds within one, but Kyle Farnsworth fanned Ryan Ludwick to end the frame before working a scoreless eighth.

Free-agent acquisition Jose Valverde then stranded Reds on first and second in the ninth to nail down his first save with the Mets.

Bruce finished 2-for-5 and knocked in all three Cincinnati runs, while Leake (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames for the Reds, who dropped two-of-three to St. Louis to open the season.

Cincinnati nearly broke through in the opening frame, as Brandon Phillips crushed a 1-2 changeup deep into left field. However, Eric Young, Jr. raced back to the warning track and made a leaping grab at the wall to keep the game scoreless.

The Reds eventually pushed a run across in the third when Bruce followed a two-out walk from Joey Votto with a single to center to score Roger Bernadina, who worked a one-out free pass.

Duda's power display started in the fourth, as he followed Curtis Granderson's leadoff double with a drive over the wall in right-center field to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

After going down in order in the fifth, New York doubled its lead in the sixth when Duda drilled a 2-1 sinker from Leake over the right-field wall to make it 4-1 in favor of the Mets.

Bruce belted his second homer of the season with two outs in the seventh to slice Cincinnati's deficit to one, but New York's bullpen closed the door over the final two frames to secure the team's first win.

Game Notes

Duda recorded his fifth career multi-homer game ... Mejia, who went 1-2 with a 2.30 earned run average in five starts last season, threw a career-high 101 pitches ... Prior to the game, Young was awarded the Lou Brock Award for leading the National League in steals last year with 46 ...  Cincinnati went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Box Score:

Friday, April 04, 2014

Preview: Game 4 - Reds at Mets - Mike Leake vs Jenrry Mejia

Preview: Game 4
Reds (1-2) at Mets (0-3)
Mike Leake vs Jenrry Mejia
TV SNY - 7:10 PM
Radio WOR


The Mets are looking for their first win at home vs the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets will send Jenrry Mejia on the hill. The Current Reds that have seen him are batting .500 (3 for 6), only 5 batters. Mejia was struck off his forearm in his last start in the spring. Mets waiting to see how he reacts..

The Mets look to get the offensive machine going. Lucas Duda expected in the lineup is batting .667 vs Leake.  Daniel Murphy and David Wright are tied for AB's against Leake (15). Murphy and Wright batting .200 against Leake.

Best Lineup vs Mike Leake

Eric Young - LF - .1000
Daniel Murphy - 2B - .200
David Wright - 3B - .200
Curtis Granderson - RF - .333
Lucas Duda - 1B - .667
Travis d'Arnaud - C - .000
Juan Lagares - CF - .000
Ruben Tejada - SS - .333

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Mejia OK, Ike get Starts, Chris Young down, Murphy in Labor

Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia was examined by a team doctor and also threw a baseball Sunday and was deemed healthy, Terry Collins said.

The manager added that Mejia is all set to face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Citi Field.

Mejia had been struck with a line drive in the right forearm Friday in Montreal. X-rays there were negative, and he was diagnosed with inflammation.
Your Opening Day starter at first base for the Mets? It's Ike Davis.

Terry Collins said he selected Davis because of his favorable career numbers against Stephen Strasburg (.364, two homers in 11 at-bats).

Still, Collins said all three first basemen will play.

Josh Satin will start Game 2 against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. And Collins sounded like Duda would start Game 3.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mets News: Mejia makes the rotation, Dice-K will open in Triple-A - Maybe??

Mets News:

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...

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia OK, Results of X-Rays on Forearm Negative

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia, who was struck by a liner on Friday night on his right forearm, took X-Rays and they came back negative.

According to reports, Pitching coach Dan Warthen also indicated the bunion on Mejia's right big toe was a non-issue Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mets will announce their 25 man roster after the Spring Training Finale on Saturday..

The Mets should have Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka on their roster, but the status of Mejia's forearm will remain unclear to how it will respond. The Mets can option Mejia to the minors, but that would have Mejia come back 10 days later. Of Course, if he went on the DL it would be an additional five games (15 day DL).

Given the facts, Dice-K should get the Game 4 Start and Jon Niese should get the Game 6 start as he comes off the DL (barring any major setback). John Lannan provides backup as he can be the spot starter on that day.

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia gets pulled from game with bruise on forearm, might hurt his chances to start against Reds

Mets News:

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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Recap, Harvey Rehab, Wright Counseling, Mejia, Viola, Davis, Duda, Farnsworth, Pelfrey, Dice-K, Quintanilla, Fan Poll Results

Mets News and Notes:

Spring Training Recap: Mets 7-3 losers to Nationals....Travis d'Arnaud did hit a wind blow HR off Stephen Strasburg

Matt Harvey and the Mets have settled on a rehab plan. During the season’s first couple of months, Harvey will rehab in New York when the Mets are at home and work out in Port St. Lucie when the big-league club is away from Citi Field. Once he begins expected mound work in June, the rehab will shift nearly exclusively to the team’s Florida complex. Read Here

David Wright was among those counseling Harvey on the rehab subject. Read Joel Sherman in the Post

No Relief Role for Jenrry Mejia. Alderson tells media that he will be a starter this season. Read Here

Frank Viola will require open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in Newsday and

The Wilpons’ settlement with the trustee collecting money for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is down to $80 million, to be paid in equal installments in 2016 and 2017. Read ESPN

Sandy Alderson expects Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both to be on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Kyle Farnsworth, who is due to be re-signed by the Mets, rode the bus to Viera on Tuesday with the team despite technically not being a member of the organization. Read Here

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mets News: Mets delay rotation decision by paying Matsuzaka $100K

Mets News:

According to multiple sources, The Mets have agreed to pay $100,000 to Daisuke Matsuzaka to preserve the right to have him open the season either in the minors or on the major-league roster.

The payment defers for another turn a decision on whether Matsuzaka or Jenrry Mejia will emerge as the final rotation member.

Mejia is due to pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in Montreal, with Matsuzaka pitching at Olympic Stadium the following day.  Essentially, the Canadian Competition for the Mets 5th spot.

The $100,000 payment was an opportunity to delay a rotation decision and also to make sure Jon Niese will be fit for his start on April 6th.

If Jonathon Niese is unable to return from the disabled list for Game 6 of the season, the Mets would need both Mejia and Matsuzaka as starters.

But once Mejia is optioned to minor-league camp, he essentially cannot return the first 10 days of the season, so he could not step up and take that Niese start.

Matsuzaka, based on his status, was required to be informed by noon Tuesday if he had made the big-league roster. Otherwise, the Mets had to give him $100,000 for the right to send him to the minors, or cut him loose.

Mets News: Mets GM Alderson says no relief role for Jenrry Mejia

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Sandy Alderson has stated that Jenrry Mejia will not be used in the bullpen at this point, even if he loses the 5th spot in the rotation to Daisuke Matsuzaka...

Alderson said he will make the decision known later today who will win the spot. The reason why?

The Mets have to tell Matsuzaka by noon Tuesday whether he has made the Opening Day roster. Otherwise, they must pay him $100,000 for the right to send him to the minors, or cut him loose.

I said it all along, Jenrry Mejia will be insurance to Jon Niese in case any sudden setback to his April 6th start..
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