Thursday, July 25, 2013
Mejia confirms need for offseason surgery
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com he will need surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow after the season.
Mejia said team doctors recommended having surgery right away after discovering the spurs in May. At the time, Mejia was experiencing continued discomfort during a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie and had been dispatched to New York for a medical exam.
Mejia told the team doctors he wanted to finish the season, then have the procedure. He takes anti-inflammatory medication to deal with the swelling and discomfort.
Mejia is due to make his first major league appearance of the season Friday, when he is added as the 26th man and will pitch Game 1 of a doubleheader in Washington opposite Jordan Zimmermann.
Mejia told Terry Collins he is capable of throwing 110 pitches. However, Mejia only threw 83 and then 90 pitches in his two rehab appearances in Double-A. He logged a combined 11 innings in those two outings.