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…