Jenrry Mejia unavailable Opening Day due to elbow stiffness; headed for MRI

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UPDATE: According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Mejia will undergo an MRI in New York tomorrow.

8:22 p.m. ET: Bobby Parnell blew a save on Opening Day last year and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery within days. One year later, the Mets have more questions at closer.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Jenrry Mejia was unavailable to close today against the Nationals due to right elbow stiffness. He was warming up in the top of the ninth inning before coming down with discomfort, so Mets manager Terry Collins was forced to go with Jerry Blevins to begin the bottom of the frame. 37-year-old Buddy Carlyle got the final two outs for the first save of his career.

There are no immediate plans to send Mejia for tests, but DiComo writes that he’ll likely go for an MRI if he still feels pain tomorrow. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Jeurys Familia is the favorite to fill in at closer.

Mejia, 25, had a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio across 92 2/3 innings last season. He previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2011.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.