It has recently been confirmed that New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been pitching with a hernia. This news was confirmed after Mejia blew the save in the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. This really irks me, as we now know why Mejia has struggled in several of his recent appearances.
It’s just nonsense that the Mets are even letting him pitch through it. It’s tough for any player to play with an injury, but I feel like it even more difficult when you are a pitcher. The injury has to mess with the pitcher’s mechanics, and fans have seen Mejia not being at his best of late, so why is he still be thrown out there?
Mejia will wait until after the season to get surgery on his hernia. I really don’t see the point of waiting, however, as it’s not like he is going to get any better on the mound while hurt.
The Mets need to come to their senses and put him on the DL because his struggles will only get worse the more he goes out there. It’s not like the team doesn’t have options to replace him either. If he were to be put on the DL, Jeurys Familia would slide into the closer’s role, and even Vic Black could close some games if need be.
Hopefully the Mets will make the right call when it comes to Mejia. He has his whole career ahead of him, and there’s no need to jeopardize that this season.