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Like Parnell, Mejia is returning from surgery -- although far less severe.
Mejia had a bone spur removed from his pitching elbow on Aug. 28.
He went 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts before getting shut down.
Mejia, 24, right now is the apparent frontrunner to be the fifth starter -- at least until the Mets sign an external candidate on a minor-league contract. Officially, prospects Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero also will be competing for that spot.
While top prospect Noah Syndergaard will be in camp, the Mets do not intend to call him up until roughly July -- after the Super 2 deadline, which would delay his arbitration eligibility by a year.
Jenrry Mejia #58 SPNew York Mets 2013 STATS GM5 W1 L2 BB4 K27 ERA2.30 Bobby Parnell has company at the Mets' spring-training complex in Port St.