Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was diagnosed with inflammation in his elbow after undergoing an MRI in New York earlier today. The good news: no structural damage.
It is unclear whether Mejia will go on the disabled list as opposed to merely rest, but either way, not having a torn anything is a relief for the Mets.
Mejia, 25, had a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio across 92 2/3 innings last season. He previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2011. Yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that Jeurys Familia is the favorite to fill in for Mejia at closer.
Yesterday we mentioned Torii Hunter’s displeasure at home plate umpire Joe West saying he went all the way around on a would-be check swing to end the Twins-Tigers game. Apparently, Hunter went a bit too far:
This morning Rosenthal’s Fox colleague Jon Morosi noted that, perhaps, it’s really stupid for home plate umpires to be making calls on check swings to begin with. And he’s right about that.
Spring training is not what it used to be. Time was when teams holed up in Cuba or on Catalina Island and had a camp full of inter-squad games and, like, throwing medicine balls at one another. The modern spring training seasons with a full slate of scheduled games is relatively new. The more modern model of doing that in palatial, high-capacity ballparks is even newer.
All of which is to say, get used to a lot more press releases like this every April:
Major League Baseball set a new Spring Training attendance record with 4,034,708 fans attending games over 481 dates for an average of 8,388 per game, it was announced today.
The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record of 3,823,479 set in 2013, while the average attendance of 8,388 eclipsed the previous best of 8,078 in 2014. Total Spring Training attendance showed an 11.7 percent increase over last season’s total of 3,610,738, and the record-setting average reflected a 3.8 percent increase over last year.
The giant new park for the Cubs in Mesa had a lot to do with this. They drew 222,415 fans to Sloan Park, which is the largest single spring training attendance total for any team in history. They’d get over 15,000 a game sometimes. It was kind of nuts.
Spring training is a big business now, my friends. And only getting bigger.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin is on the verge of getting a contract extension. The only catch: how long he wants it to be.
Not how long his employer wants it to be, how long Melvin wants it to be. Which is a nice place to be in as an employee, no? Haudricourt talks about the considerations going into Melvin’s decision.
Melvin is 62 and has been the Brewers’ GM since 2003. Despite a poor finish last year and some not-met-expectations in recent seasons, the Brewers extended manager Ron Roenicke recently. That they’re content to keep Melvin on as long as he wants as well shows that owner Mark Attanasio comes from the steady-hand school of management. Which I like, because it implicitly acknowledges that players win games, not managers and execs. At least not directly. And that, if you don’t disagree with the philosophy of your management team, changing them for the sake of changing them is not the best idea.
Hard to figure out where to categorize this story about A’s pitcher Jesse Hahn. On the one hand, it’s a story about how a player packed on muscle in the offseason as a means of atoning for some shortcomings the previous year and that’s right up in BSOHL territory.
On the other hand, it’s coming late — rare are the non-winter/spring training BSHOL stories — and it’s even possible that he’s in worse actual shape now that he has given up his previous regimen of cardio work in the interest of bacon and eggs and meat for dinner every night.
Either way, go read Jane Lee’s profile of Hahn’s offseason weight gain and keep it in mind as we count his innings this season.