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.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.