Mejia back from shoulder woes

November, 17, 2010
11/17/10
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Right-hander Jenrry Mejia, who was shut down at the end of the regular season because of what was announced as a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade, is back pitching in game in his native Dominican Republic, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports. Mejia already has pitched four innings in academy games in the country. He could enter the Dominican Winter League after Dec. 1.

Here is a summary of Mejia's 2010 rookie season directly from the Mets' postseason media guide:

• Made the Mets’ 25-man roster out of spring training and made 30 appearances as a reliever before he was optioned to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on June 20th.

• Began the year on the Opening Day roster...At the time, Mejia was the youngest player in the majors and the youngest pitcher to appear on the Mets Opening Day roster since Dwight Gooden in 1984.

• Returned to New York on Sept. 1 and had three starts, losing two of the three decisions.

• Left his last start of the year at home vs. the Pirates after 2.1 scoreless innings...An MRI revealed that he had a rhomboid strain of the right shoulder blade...Did not pitch again the rest of the season.

• Lost his first two starts, Sept. 4 at Wrigley Field and Sept. 10 at Philadelphia...In the two games, he allowed 10 runs and 17 hits in 9.0 innings.

• Made his first major league career start at 20 years old and became the youngest Met to start a game since Dwight Gooden pitched as a 20-year-old in 1985...Became the fifth Met player to start as a 20-year-old and the seventh to start at 20 or younger...Along with Gooden, who made starts as a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, the others who accomplished the feat were TugMcGraw (20), nine starts, 1965; Rob Gardner (20), four starts, 1965; Bill Hepler (20), four starts, 1966; Jerry Hinsley (19), two starts, 1964 and Nolan Ryan (19), one start, 1966.

• Put together a season-high 9.1-inning scoreless streak from April 16-May 9, a span of nine games...Struck out seven and allowed seven hits with five walks during the streak.

• Collected his first major league hit on September 10th vs. Philadelphia off Roy Halladay.

• With the Mets, left-handed batters hit .203 (12-59) against him, while right-handed hitters had a .340 (34-100) average.

• Was 0-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 30 relief outings (10 earned runs/27.2 innings) and 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three starts (10 earned runs/11.1 innings).

• Left his June 27 start for Binghamton vs. Akron after 1.0 inning because of a right shoulder strain.

• Placed on the minor league disabled list on June 29.

• Made two rehabilitation starts, one for the Gulf Coast Mets (one run/3.0 innings) on July 28 and one for the St. Lucie Mets (no runs/4.0 innings) on Aug. 2nd.

• Made four starts for Binghamton again from Aug. 7-24.

• Joined Buffalo for one start vs. Syracuse on Aug. 30.

• In all, he made eight starts at three different levels after being optioned to Binghamton on June 20th...Went a combined 2-0 with a 1.41 ERA (six earned runs in 38.1 innings) and allowed 28 hits with 16 walks....Struck out 38 and permitted only one home run.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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