The Mets have recalled RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Burke is 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 28 games in two separate stints with the Mets this season.
To make room on the active roster for Burke, the Mets placed RHP Jenrry Mejia on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow.
Terry Collins said today it was possible Mejia could have surgery soon to remove the bone chips in his elbow, rather than waiting until the end of the year.
If he does have surgery, Mejia would miss the rest of the year.
Michael Baron, ContributorThis is a shame, because Mejia really has sparked some hope with the way he has pitched since coming back. He has put the entire package together, showing command of all of his pitches with movement to the lower part of the strike zone with those pitches. The hope was Mejia could tolerate the symptoms in his elbow, but I think the Mets are taking the wise approach by shutting him down. And, the good news is the surgery he will likely have – whether its sooner or later – is non-structural, meaning he should be perfectly fine come Spring Training. In addition, the Mets could put Mejia on the 60-day disabled list which would net them another spot on the 40-man roster, flexibility they could use in September.
The Mets do have some rotation flexibility coming thanks to a much needed off-day on Thursday, so the Mets don’t necessarily have to add someone to the rotation this week, be it Carlos Torres or somebody else. Then again, they could consider adding someone for the sole purpose of spreading out starts for both Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey and taking advantage of the off-day at the same time.
The Mets could consider adding Jacob DeGrom to the 40-man roster and getting him a few starts at the big league level. He needs to be added anyway so to avoid Rule 5 exposure in December. However, he’s approaching his innings limit, and he has missed time with an arm injury early in his pro career, and so they have to be cautious with how much they decide to stretch him out.