Could Mets Have Prevented Jenrry Mejia’s Torn MCL?

An article by posted on May 7, 2011

As the Mets reported yesterday, Jenrry Mejia has a “complete” tear of the MCL ligament in in his right elbow and will be lost for the season and perhaps longer..

Our own John Delcos is skeptical,

The Mets eschewed an opportunity last season to deal Mejia, and the thinking at the time was sound. He was too good a prospect to just deal. I thought the Mets handled Mejia poorly last year in juggling his role, and it is speculation as to how much that contributed to the injury.

It will be at least a year before we know whether Mejia will be sound enough to pitch, and even then there’s no guarantee he’ll be a hot prospect again.

But another Mets blogger, Joe Janish of Mets Today, points the finger at the Mets for Mejia’s injuries. He feels it could have been avoided and believes they failed to professionally and scientifically evaluate his pitching mechanics which were obviously bad to the trained eye.

Which is where we come back to Mejia, who barely pitched before the age of 16. The Mets signed him when he was 17 1/2, so we can guess that they saw him pitch from his nascent stages of development. The point being, there was a world of opportunity to get him going with safe, efficient mechanics, but that didn’t happen — and as a result, today we see a sad story of a 21-year-old flamethrower who has now seriously injured both his shoulder and elbow within a 7-month period. The saddest part? It was avoidable.

I believe that the Mets could have followed all the proper procedures and protocols and they still could have had the same results. This is baseball, and sometimes **** happens.

I do believe Janish has a good point and that prevention should be a bigger focus, but when the injury bug hits, it just does and sometimes there’s not a damned thing anyone can do about it.

Original Post 5/2  – Jenrry Mejia Out For Season With Torn MCL

The Mets have just announced that prized pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia has a complete tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

Right-handed pitcher Jenrry Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and was found to have a complete MCL tear of the right elbow. Mejia underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Surgical treatment has been recommended, but Mejia is expected to seek a second opinion.

In his last start for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League on April 29, he left after 4.0 innings with discomfort and was flown to New York to be examined. In five starts for the Bisons, Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. Mejia went 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 33 games, three starts for New York in 2010.

Wow, this is obviously bad news for the Mets and Mejia, and a crushing blow.

Andy Martino of the Daily News also added something to think about regarding comments made by pitching coach Dan Warthen back in February.

In February, while predicting that Mejia would ultimately be best suited to relief work rather than starting, pitching coach Dan Warthen noted the strain that Mejia’s delivery puts on his arm.

“Mejia works really hard to throw the baseball, and I worry about the volume of pitches during the course of a year,” Warthen said then. “I think you find a lot of torque on your elbow and your shoulder.”

If he has the surgery, Mejia will become the second Buffalo starter down for the season with ligament transplant surgery. Veteran Boof Bonser suffered a similar injury in his lone start April 9 at Coca-Cola Field against Pawtucket and had surgery the following week.

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