Jenrry Mejía, from Tabara Arriba of the Dominican Republic, is another Mets hurler battling back from elbow inflammation and remains on the disabled list. He's currently undergoing a rehabilitation program in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
According to Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, the 23-year-old right-hander was initially thought to have forearm tendinitis, but he continued to have lingering pain. Further tests were run and doctors diagnosed Mejia with elbow inflammation in late March. He was shut down for two weeks and given a six-week timetable to return to the mound.
“I feel good knowing what I have because I was wondering,” Mejia told Castillo.
Mejia seems destined for Triple-A Las Vegas once he's ready to go.
It's been a rough start to his major league career, that's for sure. Mejia is 1-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 38 career games for New York.
At one time, Mejia was the club's top pitching prospect. That seems like a long time ago, but it was actually just a few years ago. In May of 2011, he tore the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. He did not pitch in another MLB contest until Sept. 7, 2012 against Atlanta.
The Mets are hoping that Mejia has finally put his injury woes behind him.