Jenrry Mejia celebrates

Jenrry Mejia has a new home in the bullpen

Jenrry Mejia felt no issue with his arm after pitching back-to-back days in relief, and said he’s ready to pitch again, Terry Collins told reporters Friday.

Mejia expressed concern about moving from the rotation to the bullpen given past arm injuries, ranging from Tommy John surgery in 2011 to shoulder stiffness and bone spurs in his elbow.

“I think he is relieved,” Collins said. “I think he’s happy he feels the way he does.”

Mejia has not allowed a run in five relief appearances this season, during which he is 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

“This is my new home,” Mejia said about pitching in relief (Star-Ledger, May 24).




20 comments
atrain311
atrain311

I'd like to just comment on the good attitude Mejia is showing here. With all the crap press we get, it's nice to see a young guy being a team player. Be the best pitcher you can be in any role, my man.

hashburry
hashburry

I think it is great he had two good outings.  But in notorious Mets style, they can't help but put the cart ahead of the horse and start talking about possibilities that are not close.  Just let him pitch and stop predicting what might happen.  He may blow his arm out the next time he pitches back to back games.  Why are the Mets the only team that has to put out make believe plans to the media? They sound so desperate it is scary.

slainte2
slainte2

Mejia has gotten results so far, but take it easy on making him the guy already ... He has gotten benefit of some pretty hard hit outs. Strange since so dominant in early innings of his starts

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I still think he has more use pitching in longer spurts, pitching the 7th and 8th, etc.  There shouldn't be much hesitation bringing him into the 8th for the save.

whizz17
whizz17

I like how Mejia goes after guys when he comes in. He is not afraid and has great stuff to get strikeouts. Parnell could throw 100 miles an hour but players still hit it. Mejia has the demeanor and tools to be a great closer if he can hold up.

Mike Albano
Mike Albano

Mejia definitely has closer written all over him.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

Mejia Parnell Black Familia Thornton...sounds like a damn fine foundation for a strong bullpen next year..heck even this year (minus Parnell of course)...hopefully Dice K is resigned too, after a full year of adjusting to the bullpen. Just need a REAL lefty and I think we're in business

nolrog
nolrog

Terry Collins should be kept far away from a guy this fragile. 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

If Mejia continues to pitch well in the closer role, it's going to make it very difficult for Parnell next Spring. To put this kind of faith in Mejia now and then take it away later would be the ultimate demoralizer. Let's hope Mejia does outstanding and Parnell will have to understand that he is a setup man.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@BringBackDaveTelghe The hesitation with bringing him in the 8th is that you're not getting him to pitch the very next day most likely. I agree he could pitch more than one inning, but certainly not every day. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Mr. SERCH There's a very real chance Parnell never throws a meaningless inning for us again.  I think the neck surgery was way more involved then anyone said and he was absolutely rushed back this spring. 

buckets
buckets

@Mr. SERCH

Vic Black kinda stinks.  The arm is useless if he can't throw strikes.

buckets
buckets

@nolrog You could have left it at "Terry Collins should be kept away."

dukewillie
dukewillie

"To put this kind of faith in Mejia now and then take it away later would be the ultimate demoralizer." I don't put it past TC do something as dumb as this.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

That's if Parnell ever throws a pitch again. The guy had a second major surgery in less than 8 months. I wouldnt surprised if he never made it back to the major leagues.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

I think that's the way to go because we don't know what we are going to get from parnell coming off of TJ surgery...i say parnell sets up or maybe not even that...they might have to ease him in pitching in lesser situation....if he ends up being really good we either have a nice 1-2 punch or a nice trade chip in parnell

buckets
buckets

@Joe Wenzel @buckets @Mr. SERCH 17BB in 18 innings doesn't play in the majors, and I would suspect that this won't last very long in the PCL.  ERA isn't really the best indicator of a relief pitcher's success.  

owlnut
owlnut

@Joe Wenzel Collins is Sandy Aldersons 's lap dog. He does what he is told. The man has no concept how to run a major league team! No idea about relievers. Sits a player hitting over .300 because he doesn't want defense, he wants offense. 

slainte2
slainte2

Proven closer free agent vs. set up man free agent will make ton more money. he will care.