Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia (1-0 2.45) stepped in to make a rehab start Monday night in St. Lucie’s game against the Bradenton Marauders. It was Mejia’s second rehab start in his attempt to come back from last year’s Tommy John Surgery. In his first game on May 9th against Brevard County, Mejia went five innings giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout.
In his start tonight Mejia went the first six innings while giving up just one run on three hits with no walks, and seven strikeouts. The one run he gave up was a solo home run to ex-Met farmhand Stef Welch. After Mejia pitched, St. Lucie went on to win the game with three innings of lock-down relief by righty Johan Almonte. The 4-1 victory was the first W for Mejia since April 13th, 2011.
When I spoke with Wally Backman at the end of April, I asked him if he was going to get Mejia there with the Bisons, once the young righty is deemed healthy and ready to go. Wally said simply, “we’ll get him.” Well Mejia took a huge step closer to Buffalo with his performance tonight. Perhaps two more rehab starts, three tops, and Jenrry will be shuffled off to Buffalo.