In a span of two days, the New York Mets have had to endure the news of Jacob deGrom‘s shoulder soreness, Jenrry Mejia‘s hernia, and now Jeremy Hefner‘s setback that will cost him another season. Do I really have to mention Matt Harvey or Bobby Parnell? I’m really starting to think that the Mets are cursed.
Sandy Alderson and the Mets have focused most of their time and energy on reloading their once-depleted farm system, and they have done that as they have a top-five farm system in MLB. deGrom has been one the biggest surprises this season for the Mets; he was just named Rookie of the Month for July after going 4-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.77. He wasn’t one of the most-heralded prospects in the minor leagues, but he has certainly showed the ability to succeed in the Show. Fortunately for deGrom and the Mets, he is only suffering from shoulder tendinitis, so he should be back later this season, but the Mets should remain careful.
Mejia’s injury came a little more out of the blue. Mejia had seemingly locked down the closer spot for the Mets’ future. He just reeks of swagger and personality, and he has the stuff to be dominant, but Mejia has a history of injuries. He had surgery last season to remove bone chips, and he has battled nagging muscle injuries this year, but for the past three weeks, Mejia has been pitching with a hernia. First, how is that even possible? Second, if the Mets knew about this, why in the world are they continuing to let him pitch? They have a bright future with their young arms, but every time he goes out and pitches, he is putting his career in jeopardy.
The last injury is a bit more sobering. Hefner was working his way back from Tommy John surgery and he was making solid progress. Unfortunately for Hefner, he suffered another tear and a fracture in the same elbow, and will need to undergo another Tommy John surgery; it’s not fair. When he has pitched, he was successful. He was learning how to pitch, and he gave the Mets a solid back-of-the-rotation option. Now, with his second consecutive surgery, his career has serious question marks. Hefner’s career may very well be over, but if there is anything the Mets take from this news, it’s that their approach to Harvey’s rehab from the same injury may be dealt with a little more carefully.
It’s been a rough couple of days for the Mets’ young pitchers, and hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come.