In Need Of Starts, Mets Sending Jenrry Mejia To Minors

Double G SportsCorrespondent IMay 18, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 09:  Jenrry Mejia #32 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals on April 9, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  Mets defeated the Nationals 8-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Jenrry Mejia made the New York Mets' roster after impressing the coaching staff throughout spring training. But the youngest pitcher to make the Opening Day roster since Dwight Gooden in 1984 is being sent back to the minors, according to an ESPN Source .

With the Mets' starting rotation currently a mess, the team has decided to send Mejia to the minors to stretch him out and prepare him to return as a starting pitcher. The process will likely be similar to the way it's done in spring training. Mejia will gradually build his arm strength and stamina until he is ready to go without restrictions.

The decision was apparently made during a closed door meeting of Mets' staff in Atlanta on Monday.

Mejia will be sent down and the Mets will bring up R.A. Dickey to start against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

After Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey, the Mets' starting rotation has had many questions. John Maine has been effective lately but his velocity is noticeably down, Oliver Perez has been sent to the bullpen, and Jonathan Niese is nursing a mild right hamstring strain. Niese will miss his start Friday, and Hisanori Takahashi will start in his place.

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