- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jenrry Mejia tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out four in his return to Double-A Binghamton at Trenton after being sidelined with a strain in the back of his rotator cuff. His fastball velocity: 97-98 mph.
"I thought it was a really successful outing for him, I thought he did a really great job," catcher Mike Nickeas said. " All three of his pitches were working, and I thought he was fantastic. I caught him last year when he was with Binghamton and I've caught him in spring training, too. I think he's more mature as a pitcher now. His command with his offspeed pitches is great, and even his fastball, it cuts so much that locating it can be trouble sometimes for him. But he did a great job tonight and I think he's really improving."
"I felt pretty good today," Mejia said. "I just tried to throw my pitches for strikes. I just need to throw strikes. Not like perfect pitches, but strikes -- inside, outside, change my speeds between my curveball, changeup, two-seam, four-seam. I have command of everything. I was focusing a lot."
Mejia added that he thinks he can be starting for the Mets this season.
"I do. I do think so," he said. "I'm working really hard for that. I want to be there."
Pregame from Mejia:
On making the Mets Opening Day roster: "I liked it so much. I never think I'd be there like a reliever. But I have to do my job anywhere; reliever, starter, closer, you know. Now, they send me down to make me a starter, and I think it's going to be better. I'm here to do my job, that's it."
On his big league debut: "When they called to the bullpen, they said, 'Mejia, come in the game. I said, 'Who? Oh my gosh.' I was nervous, it was my first day and there were a lot of people there; 45,000 people or something like that. I had to stop looking at the people and look at the glove. Look at the catcher, throw strikes."
On coming back to the minors: "It's not difficult. I've been here before. They said for 2010, they want me as a starter. I started as a reliever. They said I could go to big league camp, so I tried to make the team and go to the big leagues."
On his shoulder: "I feel pretty good right now."
On his mentality/stuff: "I have a big mentality. I want to throw strikes, make every pitch. Make everything work. Somebody say I have a cutter, I don't have a cutter. That's my fastball, it cuts. I'm happy with it, it's a good fastball."
On missing the Futures Game: "When they said I could go to the Futures Game, I wanted to go. But that day, I hurt my finger throwing the ball. It felt like my finger broke. I had to go see a doctor, and he said I had to rest for four weeks. I said, 'Oh my gosh.'"