** Latest Update Monday, 4:30 PM **
Mets top pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia has been diagnosed with a strain in his right rotator cuff.
Mejia, who was removed in the second inning of his start on Sunday, visited the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York Monday, where it was determined that he had a “posterior cuff strain.” The Mets said that Mejia will “return to throwing as tolerated.”
According to the Daily News, the posterior cuff is the back section of the rotator cuff, according to Dr. Bradford Parsons, who specializes in shoulders at elbows at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Parson, who has never treated Mejia, said that the diagnosis generally meant an “inflamed tendon or pulled muscle.”
A pitcher with Mejia’s injury typically rests and receives treatment for several weeks before being re-evaluated, Parsons said. Surgery is not usually seriously considered until that time.
Bad break for the Mets and with the trade deadline fast approaching, the timing couldn’t of been worse. Mejia was one of the Mets top trade chips and may now hinder their efforst to aquire a top of the rotation starter.
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Jenrry Mejia, now pitching for the Binghamton Mets, was removed in the bottom of the second inning from his start against the Akron Aeros this afternoon.
According to this tweet from the Akron Aeros via the Real Dirty Mets Blog, it appears he was removed due to an injury.
Actually appears that Mejia, who appeared in 30 games in relief for the New York Mets earlier this year, left the game with an injury.
We will follow this for you and update this post once we know more.
Mejia gave up a leadoff single followed by a walk when he was pulled after throwing his 44th pitch, and was starting on just three days rest.
Update 5:15 PM: According to SNY, Jenrry Mejia was removed from his start today for Double-A Binghamton with ‘right shoulder stiffness’.