Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been pitching through a sports hernia for basically the entire second half of the season, and he will have it repaired via surgery almost as soon as the 2014 campaign is through.
As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mejia is scheduled to go under the knife October 2 in Philadelphia. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, who successfully corrected a bilateral hernia for Mets reliever Scott Rice last September.
Mejia opened this season in the Mets’ rotation but got demoted to bullpen duties in mid-May after registering a 5.06 ERA over his first seven outings. He’s been very good in relief, boasting a 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings since May 12 to go along with 27 saves. It’s not yet clear how the Mets are planning to use Mejia in 2015, but the young right-hander should be fully healthy by Opening Day. The typical recovery time for hernia surgeries is only about a month.