Jenrry Mejia expected to make first big league start Saturday

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Jenrry Mejia began the season in the Mets’ bullpen, was sent back to the minors in mid-June to resume starting, and is now slated to make his first major-league start Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
General manager Omar Minaya was in attendance for Mejia’s final Triple-A start yesterday, seeing the 20-year-old strike out seven of the first eight batters he faced and take a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the way to eight frames of one-run ball.
Mejia had a 1.28 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 45/16 K/BB ratio in 42.1 innings spread over nine starts in the majors, so while I’m still not sure why the Mets felt the need to rush their 20-year-old top prospect so much this season he’s certainly been extremely impressive since they decided his development was more important than using him as a mop-up man in New York.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.