Jenrry Mejia pitched through a sports hernia for most of the second half and Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that he had surgery today to address the injury. The rehab process is expected to take three weeks, so he should have a normal offseason in preparation for spring training.
Mejia began this season in the Mets’ rotation, but he was bumped to the bullpen in May after posting a 5.07 ERA across six starts. The 24-year-old right-hander quickly took over the closer role and ended up with a 2.72 ERA and 60/21 K/BB ratio over 56 1/3 innings while going 28-for-31 in save opportunities.
Jeurys Familia impressed in a set-up role this season and Bobby Parnell will be a year removed from Tommy John surgery next April, but Mejia projects to serve as closer again to begin 2015.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.