Mets shift Jenrry Mejia back to rotation at Triple-A

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Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia is a starter again.

After sitting out a year following Tommy John elbow surgery Mejia returned as a starter, made seven starts before shifting to the bullpen, and is now moving back into the Triple-A rotation, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Assistant general manager Paul DePodesta admitted to Rubin last week that the Mets’ decision-makers “have wrestled with” Mejia’s role and “don’t want to keep having him go back and forth.”

Prior to the injury Mejia ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in both 2010 and 2011, but his 33/18 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season suggests the 22-year-old will need some more time in the minors next season before being a big-league option again.

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.