“You ask me that every year, and I always tell you starter. I like starter. Always.”
He acknowledges that the fifth spot in the rotation is up for grabs but he is ready for the challenge:
“I’ll be ready to be there. Whatever they want me to do, that’s what I have to do. But I want to be in the fifth spot. They’ve got to let me know.”
Mejia arrived in Port St. Lucie two weeks after New Years to start working and eventually returned to Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic to continue his offseason routine. He arrived in St. Lucie on February 2nd. Mejia had this to say when asked why he arrived so early:
“Because they want me here.”
Already with two bullpen sessions under his belt, Rubin reports that Mejia is feeling good after the procedure to remove bone spurs from his elbow in late August. In fact, he Mejia also said he’s been feeling good after only three weeks post-surgery. He is scheduled to throw another 25-30 pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.
Mejia was told by doctors that he would have to undergo the surgery at the end of the season by he opted to pitch through it anyway.
Before going down with the injury mid-start last season, Mejia registered 21 ⅓ fantastic innings with a 2.30 ERA and 27:4 K:BB ratio.
It should be a very exciting competition to watch. Good luck, Jenrry..
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