Jenrry Mejia after hernia diagnosis: “I want to take some pills and keep pitching”

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Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances, including two in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Phillies walked-off winners on Sunday afternoon. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Mejia has a hernia, but wants to finish out the season before he considers surgery.

In fact, Mejia is pretty adamant about continuing to pitch:

Former Met Tim Byrdak has some advice for Mejia:

Including Sunday’s loss, Mejia has saved 17 games in 20 chances with a 3.89 ERA and a 78/35 K/BB ratio.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: