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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.

Tim Byrdak has a novel way of trying to get a deal

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Tim Byrdak only pitched eight games last year as he recovered from major shoulder surgery. And he wasn’t all that effective in doing so. So it’s not surprising that he hasn’t gotten a job for 2014. Still, he’s not discouraged. He’s out there hustling for work.

And by “out there” I mean posting handbills:

 

Serious inquiries only.

Mets re-sign reliever Tim Byrdak to minor league deal

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Tim Byrdak, who underwent shoulder surgery in September and could end up missing all of 2013, has re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Byrdak is 39 years old and talked about potentially retiring, but decided to go under the knife and attempt a comeback.

He appeared in 128 games for the Mets during the past two seasons as a southpaw specialist, logging 68 innings with a 4.08 ERA and 81/37 K/BB ratio.