NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia's spot in the New York Mets' rotation is in serious jeopardy, and the team could call up 23-year-old Rafael Montero to make his major-league debut next week in the Subway Series against the New York Yankees.
Mejia met briefly Saturday afternoon with manager Terry Collins, who told him only that the Mets have yet to make a decision on whether he'll make his next start, scheduled for Wednesday night at Citi Field against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka. Mejia is 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA, but he's coming off three consecutive subpar starts.
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On Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, Mejia threw 101 pitches but did not make it out of the fifth inning.
"Jenrry's stuff plays," Collins said. "It's good enough. You get a little concerned with the extra pitches he uses."
Collins said he has already discussed the rotation with pitching coach Dan Warthen, but he still needs to meet with general manager Sandy Alderson before a decision is made.
While Collins didn't use Montero's name, he admitted calling up someone from Triple-A Las Vegas is a real possibility, rather than giving a start to Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings in a Friday night start for Las Vegas, and while he needed 98 pitches to get 16 outs, the Mets believe he's a strike-thrower who won't have command trouble in the big leagues.
The bigger question is whether they want him to debut under the brightest lights, against the Yankees.
The other big question would be what to do with Mejia, who again made it abundantly clear he has misgivings about pitching in relief.
"I told [Collins] I don't know about that, because I've had two [arm] operations," Mejia said. "I worry about my arm. I want to have a long career. I don't want to get hurt again."
Montero is one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, and there was always a thought that he could come to the big leagues at some point this season. The original speculation was that it wouldn't be this soon.
Montero, who finished last season at Triple-A, is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for the 51s this season.