According to SNY, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates due to an “acute strain of the muscle in the back of his right shoulder.”
Mejia is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery and is likely to be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season. He had a similar shoulder injury while pitching in the minors earlier this year.
The 20-year-old Dominican is a promising young starter and is expected to land a gig in the Mets’ rotation next season. He turned in a 4.62 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 22/20 K/BB ratio over 39 big-league frames this year. Control is something that he will work on this winter, once his shoulder is back to full health.
Mejia had plans to pitch for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. It seems likely that the Mets will cancel those plans.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.