According to SNY, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates due to an “acute strain of the muscle in the back of his right shoulder.”
Mejia is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery and is likely to be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season. He had a similar shoulder injury while pitching in the minors earlier this year.
The 20-year-old Dominican is a promising young starter and is expected to land a gig in the Mets’ rotation next season. He turned in a 4.62 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 22/20 K/BB ratio over 39 big-league frames this year. Control is something that he will work on this winter, once his shoulder is back to full health.
Mejia had plans to pitch for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. It seems likely that the Mets will cancel those plans.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.