Rumblings of Mejia for Johan start
August, 21, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Rumblings suggest Jenrry Mejia may make Johan Santana's next start, with the Mets sticking to a six-man rotation.
Jeff Roberson/Associated PressJenrry Mejia may replace Johan Santana in the Mets' rotation.
Mejia last pitched Friday, so proper rest would not be an issue. Santana was due to undergo an MRI on his ailing back Tuesday.
Since returning to a starting role with Triple-A Buffalo on July 30, Mejia has limited opponents to four runs (two earned) on 18 hits and six walks while striking out eight in 18 1/3 innings.
Mejia last appeared in the majors in 2010, when he made three September starts after working earlier in that season as a reliever. He underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011.
Mejia continues to project as a major league reliever, but he struggled in that role this season, posting a 5.48 ERA in 16 appearances, so Mets officials returned him to a starting role.
UPDATE: Collin McHugh will start assuming Santana is unable. Read more here.