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.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.