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Bunion on Jenrry Mejia’s foot may impact fifth starter race

A bunion on Jenrry Mejia‘s right big toe forced him to leave his last start early. With Mejia set to start Friday against the Blue Jays, manager Terry Collins said the bunion could “absolutely” impact the fifth-starter race (Rubin, March 27).

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said the bunion was an issue during Mejia’s recent bullpen session, but said he was unsure whether it would hamper Mejia during his start Friday:

“I honestly do not know. It hurt him on the side the other day, so we’ll find out.”

The Mets paid Daisuke Matsuzaka a $100,000 retention bonus on Tuesday while delaying their decision on who will get the final spot in the rotation.

With Matsuzaka set to start on Saturday, the decision regarding who emerges as the fifth starter will be made shortly.




40 comments

Bunion? Sounds like El Duque 2.0, which means hes not pitching for a long time!

mets69
mets69

What else could go wrong on the injury front.... if he has a bunion... well.... don't pitch... have it fixed.... this just goes to show the cluelessness of the training staff and the coaches.... ridiculous.....

Rich Gregg
Rich Gregg

Have it removed and see if it can play shortstop

manicmesia
manicmesia

I have to be honest, with how often Collins says something only to be immediately contradicted by something Alderson says or does, I'm waiting for Mejia to be named to the starting rotation by the end of the day.

Wayno
Wayno

The 100,000 bunion!!! Good job Jenry make those wilpons pay!!!

nolrog
nolrog

Bunion on his foot?  I knew the record keeping in the Dominican Republic was suspect, but are they saying Mejia is really a 65 year old man?

1harris1
1harris1

Collins is probably just looking for an excuse to send Mejia down so he can name Matsuzaka as his 5th Starter. Yet another mediocre retread veteran with no future for Terry to cater to.

eric88
eric88

Bunion? With the Mets Medical staff he may miss the season., you know, like when Ike missed the year with a bump on his ankle. Anybody notice Beltron, Reyes, Pelfry etc. all got healthier when they left the Mets.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Wishing Mejia a speedy recovery from his toe bump.

DIY Degree
DIY Degree

You know what? I spent the earlier part of the day complaining in the comments, but at this point, I'm going to surrender to the comedy of it all. rofl-mayo. bunions. 

Evander Smart
Evander Smart

I get tired of being right ALL THE TIME!  I told you guys last week, ain't nothin' happenin' with Mejia. This guy gets to the stadium on a gurney.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Mets are so bad their fans have dropped the gloves and have commenced to engage in a no-holds-barred bunion argument.  Years of mismanagement resulting in chronic, consistent and interminable losing will do that too you.  Once you begin to lose your mind, it's time to reevaluate your rooting interest.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

And here we all thought that Niese was the guy who was questionable to start the season. This is why you keep Dice-K around. And also why it's pointless to try to project rotations a year in advance. You just never know what might happen - and it usually does.

Mike Caravella
Mike Caravella

I have a bunion for 10 years now. My right big toe points at 2 O'Clock. And I run 4 miles every day. Baseball players are SOFT.

Andrew Laven
Andrew Laven

Is a six man rotation being considered at all?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

So Mejia has Pedro's hair and El Duque's feet. He's a 2 in 1 '06-'07 Mets flashback!

Matthew Crawford
Matthew Crawford

It ended El Duque's time with us. Bunions are very common on the side/base of big toes on feet and are very painful.

The Feels band
The Feels band

It sounds silly, but that could be really painful, especially if you're pushing off it hard numerous times in a game. People will also use this as a "Mejia is always hurt!" when it's obviously bad timing and some flukey bad luck. 

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

A bunion? Bunion? Really? What is it with this team? Valley Fever last year? What's next, Legares missing time with a goiter?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@eric88 You seem to forget that Reyes was out a good portion of last year with an injury. He only played in 93 games. He just went for an MRI on his hammy a few days ago.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Andrew Laven Not to start the season. But I'd bet we'd see one at the end of the season when the kids come up.

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

He's gonna need season ending surgery for it

Conor Dunn
Conor Dunn

@Tom Gallagher  wanna know something crazy. Valley Fever is cause by a member of the Bunyavirus family (in medical school- NOT making this up) lol

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@ericccb It's when you have a big bump on the side of your big toe. You've probably seen them on people with oddly-shaped feet.

Mike Caravella
Mike Caravella

@Son of Harley @Mike Caravella  No it isn't. I train college football players as well, and do every explosive lift, sprint, hop,jump, pivot, and change of direction with them. Baseball players are SOFT.

rico
rico

@Son of Harley @Mike Caravella  doesn't really matter if they are soft or how tough other guys in other sports are. If a papercut becomes the difference between pitching 6 scoreless innings or altering his motion and getting pounded by all means sit him and live to pitch another day.   Don't need that stuff getting worse. 

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@Mike Caravella @Son of Harley Different eras call for different tactics. If Seaver, Ryan and Carlton pitched in the era when the best players were making over $20M per year, you can bet they would be a lot more careful.

Mike Caravella
Mike Caravella

@Son of Harley @Mike Caravella  You drink too much of the new age kool aid. You think guys like Seaver, Ryan and Carlton never had minor injuries? They threw and threw and threw and never made excuses. 

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@Mike Caravella @Son of Harley Again, NOT the same as having to generate the power to throw a baseball. The tiniest change in your mechanics to compensate for the bunion can wreck your elbow or shoulder.