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.
Despite the Phillies’ current seven-game losing streak and 6-16 record since May 30, manager Gabe Kapler isn’t going anywhere. Prior to Monday’s series opener against the Mets, GM Matt Klentak gave Kapler a vote of confidence, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.
Klentak said, “Gabe Kapler is our manager. Our staff is our staff.” He continued, “I’ve been a part of organizations that have made in-season staff changes before. You have to believe that if you’re going to do that that your alternative is better than your status quo. And I believe in our guys. The key to this group succeeding is this group coming together and doing it as a unit. Players, coaches, manager, front office, and believing in each other.”
The Phillies haven’t been performing well for nearly a month now, but the club has also been hobbled by injuries. The injured list currently features Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Victor Arano, Pat Neshek, Jerad Eickhoff, Adam Haseley, and Seranthony Domínguez. Odúbel Herrera also remains on the restricted list having been arrested for a domestic violence incident. Seeing Kapler canned might be cathartic for frustrated fans, but it won’t help get anyone back from the injured list.