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Mets Injury Bug Strikes Again: Prospect Jenrry Mejia Tears MCL in Right Elbow

The New York Mets have seen many of their players go down with injuries over the past two years. Unfortunately, they have another player to add to that list.

Top prospect Jenrry Mejia has torn the MCL in his right elbow. Mejia went to team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for an MRI which led to the diagnosis.

The treatment for an injury like this is Tommy John Surgery. Mejia will not pitch again this year if he does get surgery. This is a major blow to the Mets minor league system which is already considered to be one that is towards the back half of all systems.

Mejia was considered the Mets number one prospect by Baseball America as well as being considered as the 44th best prospect in baseball.

This is obviously a major loss for the team. It was expected that Mejia could either join the Mets rotation at towards the end of this season or at the beginning of next season.

After many would argue Mejia was mishandled by the organization last season when he was put on the Mets roster as a reliever on Opening Day, Mejia was finally able to continue his development as a starter in the minors this year.

Mejia had made five starts at Triple-A Buffalo this year. In those starts he managed to post a 2.86 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP. In addition, he had a 1-2 record with 21 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. Mejia was showing his abilities and looked like he would be major league ready fairly soon.

Now, the Mets are faced with a problem that will not only impact them this year but next year as well. Mejia was expected to fill a rotation spot for the Mets next year but now that is obviously in jeopardy.

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