Mazzoni departs with triceps injury

March, 27, 2014
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David Goldman/Associated PressCory Mazzoni departs Thursday's game with an escort from trainer Ray Ramirez.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets dispatched Bartolo Colon to a back field Thursday to avoid facing the Washington Nationals, his first regular-season opponent.

Instead, Cory Mazzoni made the Grapefruit League start. And the prospect suffered an injury that forced him to depart after recording only five outs.

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Mazzoni, who appeared ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation to open the season, left the game with what the Mets labeled triceps soreness.

His fastball was registering 92-94 mph in the first inning, but his arm angle dropped shortly before he was forced to depart.

“Any time you see a pitcher stop and has to come out of the game, where they don’t try to pitch through it, it’s always a concern,” Terry Collins said. “Now, he said it was a triceps, which is not an area that you’re concerned about really damaging necessarily. But he’s going to miss significant time, because this kid has got a great arm, and until that arm is ready again, he’s going to miss some time. And that’s too bad, because he certainly is on our radar as a guy that people thought would certainly come up this summer and help us.”

Mazzoni, 24, went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Double-A Binghamton last season before requiring surgery for a torn meniscus. He is projected to pitch in relief in the majors.
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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