Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was diagnosed with inflammation in his elbow after undergoing an MRI in New York earlier today. The good news: no structural damage.
It is unclear whether Mejia will go on the disabled list as opposed to merely rest, but either way, not having a torn anything is a relief for the Mets.
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. Yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that Jeurys Familia is the favorite to fill in for Mejia at closer.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.
As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.
Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.