4:30 pm: Jenrry Mejia will be moved to the bullpen, in favor of Triple-A RHP Rafael Montero, who will start Wednesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.
According to team insiders, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met and agreed that Montero in the rotation and Mejia in the bullpen gave the team the best overall roster (Cerrone on Twitter, May 12).
Mejia is 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.580 WHIP in seven starts this season.
He has struggled to get past the third time through the opposing team’s batting order. Opposing hitters are batting .193 against Mejia the first time through the order, .245 the second time and .405 the third time through.
Mejia will not be the team’s closer, at least not yet, according to Alderson.
6:35 am: Multiple reports indicate Daisuke Matsuzaka may have been in line to start this Wednesday against the Yankees, pushing Mejia to the bullpen. However, Matsuzaka pitched two innings Sunday, meaning he’ll probably be unavailable.
“We’ll have to see what’s going to happen there,” Collins said, punting on a definitive answer.
It was reported Saturday that Mejia could soon be in the bullpen, replaced in the rotation by Montero (ESPN, May 11). Mejia continues to say that he’s better suited for the starting rotation because of his history of arm injuries.