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Mejia has hernia, will wait for surgery

Jenrry Mejia has a hernia, but wants to wait until after the season for surgery (Rubin, Aug. 10).

Doctors told Terry Collins and the Mets that Mejia can continue pitching without further injuring himself. Mejia said he’s been feeling the pain for about three weeks.

Mejia blew a save in Saturday’s 7-6 loss to the Phillies giving up three hits and two runs. He has 17 saves and a 3.68 ERA this season, but has given up 12 hits and three walks in three weeks since the hernia.

Collins said the team is going to have to monitor him day-to-day to see how he feels.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I don’t like this. I mean, I’m sure he’s physically capable of pitching. But, is it smart? My fear is that, by pitching with a hernia, he’ll risk injuring his arm or something else by favoring parts of his body or adjusting in a way he may not be aware of. In a season where the team is very unlikely to make the playoffs at this point, is it really worth risking injury just because doctors say something can technically happen? I don’t think it is… I think he should just shut it down, have the surgery, get right and go back it at when 100 percent. He’s had too many arm injuries to mess around…




64 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

This is why i took a week off from the blog.  Reading these kinds of idiotic stories.  So this kid who's already had TJ surgery and is pitching in a spot that he's not all that comfortable with...you're gonna WAIT to fix what ails him?  Because what....the Mets are in the hunt?  Any chance this kid isn't altering his delivery in order to alleviate any discomfort he may be having?

John Ezell
John Ezell

With the way Familia has been pitching along with Black they might as well do the same with the Young Guns in the pen as they are doing elsewhere on the field. Start to monitor Mejia more closely while allowing others pick up the closing slack.


The same can be said of deGrom. I want this kid to win rookie of the year in the worst way but not at the extent of his and our future. Call up Montero and let him make deGrom's next start while moving towards a 6 man rotation to finish out the year. I'm thinking the rest of the staff could use an extra day here and there and once Thor is actually ready to come up in September it will be time to shut down deGrom anyways so no harm no foul.


This team is actually on the cusp of being something special in the very near future and i'd like to see these kids come into next season healthy and ready to compete than let them pitch through injuries now to make sure we "finish strong".

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

The most important issue here is Mejias effectiveness. Seems he's struggling and it's a good assumption that the hernia has something to do with it. It's TC's job to put the team in the best position to win. Little else should matter except for a player's health.Terry has not done a very good job at doing it.

Christopher Onzo
Christopher Onzo

I don't see the need to let him keep pitching if he isn't 100%. I like that he wants the ball, and that he wants to compete but if there is any chance it's going to hurt his arm what's the point.


Josh Castiel
Josh Castiel

It's good to see a met player show some toughness. I'm sick of watching a sub 500 team

mets1973
mets1973

Shut him down NOW. Fix the hernia. Let him recuperate. This season is lost anyway.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I think Mejia should get the surgery now. The hernia is definitely going to effect his pitching until he addresses the issue. The rest of the season does not matter since it will be a challenge to reach the .500 mark.

Doubleday
Doubleday

And while Mejia continues to pitch with a hernia - and this is where it really gets absurd - he could instead be shut down for meeting Dan Warthen's innings quota.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

Absolutely. Shut him down and get it fixed.

I'm assuming that's exactly what they'll announce soon, especially now that everyone knows about it and is raising the roof about the obvious pitfalls.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Mejia would be doing his stupid dance that by the way is going to get one of our players hit.Does not seem to bother him then.Familia or Parnell next year.Shut the clown down.

metfaninva
metfaninva

Throwing in my opinion as a physician (but not a surgeon). A sports hernia is usually a inguinal/groin hernia that is easily reduced.  In the old days a patient would wear a truss to keep the hernia in place.  It has to have some degree of discomfort for Meija--I am not saying pain.  The risks of waiting is that the portion of bowel that is coming through the abdominal wall opening(in this case in the groin area we assume) can become twisted or incarcerated. Then it is a medical/surgical emergency that needs to be dealt with right away.  Why risk this??? A key member of your team has a 5% chance of then needing major abdominal surgery--including bowel resection.  The chance of incarceration is low but Meija appears to be a guy who needs to be "right" when he pitches.  His recent fall off from production is probably related to this.  Get it fixed and let him have time off and be ready for next season. Bring up a young reliever to put into the mix and see what they have. SA and the organization are getting some weak medical opinions/recommendations. This organization drives me nuts at times.

1harris1
1harris1

The comical thing is that yesterday during his postgame meeting with the press, Terry insisted he was fine.  Ten minutes later, Mejia announced to the media that he's been pitching with a hernia for three weeks.


Why risk messing around with his mechanics and hurting his arm?  They're not in any race.


This franchise never learns.

saxon
saxon

Seems those stats go hand and hand with the hernia...Hmm, shut him down...Evidently he "can't pitch" with the hernia...

birtelcom
birtelcom

Jenrry Mejia tied a major league record with his sixth appearance in a row allowing at least two hits while getting no more than three outs.  Here are all the pitchers who have had six such games in a row (H greater than or equal to 2 and IP greater than or equal to 1.0)

Jenrry Mejia 7/27/14 through 8/10/14

Chad Durbin 9/21/11 through 4/18/2012

Matt Lindstrom 6/5/2011 through 6/18/2011

Brandon Puffer 8/11/2002 through 9/2/2002

Bill Simas 6/2/1999 through 6/14/1999 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

If the Met's have any sense at all they will shut this kid down now. Why take any kind of chance at all. The doctors said he can't injure himself further which means the hernia. What the doctors don't know is the pain he's in and how he can alter his mechanics and then hurt his arm, elbow, etc. 

Why take this kind of a chance? Only bad can come with him continuing to pitch. 

Elli Rodriguez
Elli Rodriguez

the guy is not a closer,he is another Benitez how many times did closed the game 1,2,3,?not too many

when he gets the ball i get nervous because hes not that consistent thrwing strikes and getting outs,Familia used

to have problems throwing strikes but he's got over that,he's got the am going after you closer's attitude!

Ron Ferraro
Ron Ferraro

If I needed a limb amputated and the only Doctors available were Mets Doctors, I'd saw off my own limb with my car key. 

herblehman
herblehman

Ugh. It especially stinks, considering Mejia was showing promise in this role and was on a good run. I agree with the others, get the surgery now. It's a no-brainer.


I only fear that Mejia's health doubts will set the table for another awful Sandy signing this offseason (Frank Francisco, anyone?)

nymess06
nymess06

Get the surgery

We're not gonna win the World Series or division or a wild card spot

metsfan91
metsfan91

Why put off surgery? So he can blow more saves? Just get the surgery were not going anywhere! Family as closer, Black in the 8th and Carlyle/Torres in the 7th.

dearleader
dearleader

Did he get a hernia from doing the Bane backbreaker move?

Mike Rauch
Mike Rauch

Good job TC. Put a clearly injured pitcher into the game. No reason Familia could not have closed today's game just as he did yesterday.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Of course he does.  Is Parnell ready yet?

drmetfan
drmetfan

This is unfortunate. Mejia is a real bright spot on this team. He was coming into his own as a closer and although he will continue to pitch and be the closer, there will be times where he will have to hold back because of this injury. Good thing we have 2 guys in Familia and Black who can fill in for him and take over if needed. Best of luck Mejia!

fhc1224
fhc1224

The people here amaze me and not in a good way.  Just a few short weeks ago, everyone here was prasing Mejia's virtues.  We finally found our closer!!!  Love the exuberence and emotion he brings!!  Nothing wrong with his celebration, just shows his intensity!!   Now lets get rid of him, he is not the future closer, middle reliever, let Familia close, his antics caused the injury, he's a buffoon, and much more.  Leave this kid alone.  It is quite obvious that this has been bothering him for a little while now which has made him a little less dominate but that should not take away from how he performed from the time he got the job through just after the AS break.  He has always been talked about being a dominate closer, going back to when Minya & Manuel nearly ruined him when he was 19 and he has shown he is quite capable of fulfilling that phophecy.  I agree not saying anything and trying to pitch through this was not the smartest idea but he is a young guy getting his first taste of success after several years of injuries and injury related struggle.  Would you be so quick to beg off due to an injury in the same situation?  I don't think so.  Lay off the kid and stop treating him like he is garbage to be tossed when the new shiny object catches your attention.  He has been one of the few reasons to keep watching this team all season long and he will continue to be well into the future.

ponzies86
ponzies86

I'm mad that now he says something. How about bring this up before you went all Armando on us

ponzies86
ponzies86

Femilia was projected to be the Mets future closer now if he can over come his nerves then I say give him the job. The guy has closer like stuff

hankypanky
hankypanky

From an organizational point of view, this is not the pitcher's decision to make. If Mejia doesn't get it, then putting him away might change his mind. The same with Harvey, who wasted valuable time in a state of denial.

Mushroombarleysoup
Mushroombarleysoup

Fix Henrry on the DL,...he's done his part. Great job!

Jeurys is the guy now to close. Let's see what HE can do In that spot,...

LGM!

Elli Rodriguez
Elli Rodriguez

i really like Mejia  but not as a closer ,he looks more like mid rel pitcher rather then a closer.I dont think he has the stuff

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Next thing you know, we'll find out that Wheeler has been pitching with injuries all season..

Mark Schechter
Mark Schechter

That writes off this year and c'mon sandy bring the young farm kids up Now

Darwin Hernandez
Darwin Hernandez

Funny how these injuries become public after the pitcher has a bad outing. When he was doing his "Jack Veneno Slam" celebration that hernia was just fine. I love the kid by the way but just shut him down and bring another kid up to showcase them. LGM

jjgjr41
jjgjr41

He is not the answer anyway.  Let him have the surgery now.  

dukewillie
dukewillie

@mets1973 Another "slip on the mound" by Mejia could risk tearing the hernia even more! Geez Mejia and Sandy, get the hernia fixed now!

Jon Steuerwalt
Jon Steuerwalt

@metfaninva As someone who had an inguinal/groin hernia that was accidentally kicked while playing a pick-up hoop game, I agree with the wisdom of shutting Mejia down and having hernia repaired now. I had to have emergency surgery to resection my small intestine after it burst and the recovery took well over a month. Mejia should have the hernia repaired now.

hankypanky
hankypanky

TC is a lot of things, but he's not a mind-reader. Players are known to play through injuries, but a pitcher is always in danger of changing his mechanics and making things worse. It was up to Mejia to speak up.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@fhc1224 that is not going to change...most fans on here are not really supportive of anyone unless they are 100% perfection

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Darwin Hernandez Agreed. It seems these things come out after. He's looked very hittable lately. I think the post-game celebration needs to stop. A little clap on the glove, a fist pump, a shout is fine. But it's too showy. I bet the hernia was caused by his stomp.

1harris1
1harris1

@hankypanky  But you're talking about a young pitcher who is trying to make a name for himself, and is likely prone to doing something stupid.  Collins and management should know better than to take chances here.  Very dumb imo.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@hankypanky It was already known he had some sort of soreness and though not mind readers, coaches are specifically trained to catch certain things. There was a decent chance that someone knew something was wrong, it's just a matter of how much.
 

And, yeah, at this point, are we supposed to take what these people say at total face value?  Seems naive given past experience. 

anymos
anymos

@Joe Paulson Apparently he told them his calf was sore.  If you go to a doctor with a hernia and tell him your calf hurts, he's not going to catch it either. What I would say about the coaches is that if he was altering his mechanics because of the injury- it would be up to Warthen to spot that something was wrong.