Jenrry Mejia left Mets camp and went to New York to be examined for a hyperactive thyroid, but the 23-year-old right-hander has been cleared to return to spring training.
It all started when doctors red-flagged something during Mejia’s annual physical exam, but according to manager Terry Collins he’ll have “no limitations.”
Officially the Mets haven’t actually said what the issue was and MLB.com continues to call it simply “a medical issue unrelated to his pitching arm.” However, several reporters had the thyroid-related details and Mejia himself told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he’s been advised to stay away from seafood to keep things in check.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.