Jenrry Mejia shut down for the season with shoulder injury

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Jenrry Mejia exited last night’s start in the third inning with arm soreness and has now been shut down for the remainder of the season with what the Mets are calling a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade.
Mejia had a similar injury while pitching in the minors earlier this season and obviously the Mets have every reason to be cautious with the 20-year-old right-hander. He had planned to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, but there’s no word yet on whether the injury would rule that out.
After making the Opening Day roster as a reliever Mejia pitched mostly in mop-up situations for two months, headed back to the minors to resume starting, and rejoined the Mets two weeks ago. He logged a total of just 81 innings between the majors and minors after throwing only 95 innings last season, so if the Mets are going to hand Mejia a rotation spot for 2011 they may have to do so with the intention of limiting his workload.

Padres acquire Phil Hughes from Twins

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Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.

Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.

Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.

The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.