Jenrry Mejia was off to a good start at Triple-A, but the 21-year-old top prospect is in danger of missing the rest of the season after the Mets announced today that he has a completely torn MCL in his right elbow.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that Mejia will seek a second opinion before determining a course of action, but surgery sounds likely and even if he somehow avoids going under the knife significant time on the sidelines is guaranteed.
It’s a tough break for Mejia, who was working his way back to the majors as a starting pitcher after the previous Mets braintrust misguidedly rushed him into the big-league bullpen at age 20.
Baseball America ranked Mejia as the 44th-best prospect in MLB heading into the season and he was 56th on the same list last year.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?