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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Mejia had spur issue during outing

By Adam Rubin

MIAMI -- Jenrry Mejia expects to have offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. The issue affected him during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Terry Collins, in fact, spotted Mejia uncomfortable and flexing his forearm after Mejia surrendered a third-inning sacrifice fly to Giancarlo Stanton. Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came to the mound to check on Mejia.

Mejia ultimately was charged with three runs in six innings.

"After the sacrifice fly, I looked out there and he was wiggling his forearm. I said I better check and see if his elbow is flaring up," Collins said. "The doctors actually have said you're going to have to fight through the discomfort at times. Sometimes it's going to be there. Sometimes it isn't. He said it was rubbing a little bit, but it was nothing. He said he was fine. He obviously finished and threw the ball good."

Said Mejia: "I feel something, but it doesn't bother me."

As for Mejia's performance, Collins said: "The first couple of innings, he was behind a lot of counts, which is what he wasn't the other day. ... But he threw fine. He kept us in the game. He didn't let it get out of control. I liked what I saw, for sure."