Published by Keith Gendron
As per multiple sources, Mets closer Bobby Parnell was diagnosed with a partial medial collateral ligament tear in his pitching elbow this morning via MRI. He is prescribed 2 weeks rest and has been injected with a platelet-rich plasma injection, as an option to expedite healing and hopefully delay a surgical route.
In the mean time I suppose Jose Valverde will get the opportunity to close and either the Mets recall Vic Black for the bullpen or recall Dice-K and move Mejia to bullpen temporarily.
Sandy Alderson will comment on the situation tomorrow.
published by Keith Gendron March 15, 2014.
Although, I am a fan of Jenrry Mejia and hoped he would get a serious audition for the fifth spot in the New York Mets rotation in 2014, the possibility exists his time may be up in Flushing. He has only pitched 2 innings thus far this spring training with a scheduled start tomorrow afternoon. Appearing with the Vegas squad tomorrow afternoon in the second game of this 2 game exhibition series vs. the Chicago Cubs. But, with the Mets apparent dire need of a shortstop and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training home relatively nearby, my thinking is that Mejia may be auditioning for them as part of a package deal. The Diamondbacks have young talented shortstops in Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius. I know their interest is also getting a catcher and so possibly along with Mejia, Kevin Plawecki may get the deal accomplished. Gregorius is a left handed batting, throws right with some pop and 100 games of major league experience. Owings has shown pop throughout minor league career, throws and bats right with stolen base ability.
The Mets do not seem like they are inclined to offer their prospects for Nick Franklin because his range and arm for a major league shortstop is suspect although his bat is good. The Stephen Drew saga appears to have drawn to a close with the Mets not willing to spend a dime. So, I am assuming this may be their plan to bring a young shortstop. You have to give to get and if it fills a need, I can support the move….just wished they had saved that Colon money for Drew in December though.
Here are baseball reference comparables of the two shortstops.
The Mets have completed 1/3 of their season and their record stands at 27-27. Their have been two winning streaks of 5 and 8 games. Some exciting wins and brutal losses. At this point they have proven to be a dominant home team at 19-9 as they have seemed to use the ballpark to their advantage in year 2 of Citifield. However, they are equally impotent on the road at 8-18.
Their have been some exciting wins and brief stretches of appearing to have put it all together…but, these are the calling cards of mediiocre teams. Pelfrey and Johan have been great as has Ike Davis, Barajas and even Pagan. At this time they are still relevant and are hoping for Beltran to rejoin the club around the All-Star break which would be like an in season free agent pick up (if healthy). The relief which was a strong point early in the season has fallen hard back to earth and Oliver Perez wont take an assignment to the minors.
So the Mets will keep plugging along, hoping to stay afloat and make a push for the wildcard. An improvement on the road is necessary for this to happen as well as better relief pitching and hopefully a signing of a pitcher that wont require significant chips, such as Kevin Millwood or Roy Oswalt and maybe finally, stretch out Mejia so he might contribute as a starter this year. Although,at this time it has been increasingly difficult to get relief help.