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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mejia: Blister shouldn't derail next start

By Adam Rubin

PHOENIX -- Jenrry Mejia drew praise from the Arizona Diamondbacks after tossing five scoreless innings Tuesday.

“He had a 94 mph cutter that was pretty filthy. And he was locating it pretty well on the outside corner,” D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock said after the Mets’ 9-0 win at Chase Field. “I took a couple of swings and felt like I was right on it, but that much movement that late is tough. It seemed like he really had good command of his fastball and that's what made him really hard. ”

Of course, as is sometimes the case with Mejia, a physical issue sidetracked him.

Mejia departed at only 77 pitches because a blister ripped on his right middle finger.

Mejia suggested it should not prevent him from making his next start. Terry Collins noted that with Thursday a team day off, Mejia would get at least one extra day of rest before his next scheduled outing anyway.

“He’s got one helluva blister,” Collins said. “He tore it up completely. … Obviously there’s a concern.”

Mejia said  the blister also was an issue in Atlanta.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was concerned pregame Tuesday, according to Mejia.

“I said, yeah, I want to pitch,” Mejia said. “He said, ‘All right, do the best you can.’ I went out and did the best I could."

Mejia, who allowed two hits and two walks, said he did not want to show the middle finger to the staff after the fourth inning Tuesday, as the issue worsened. After he completed the fifth inning, Warthen insisted he take a look.

“Dan Warthen wanted to see it,” Mejia said. “I said, ‘No, I’m good.’ I wanted to pitch. So when I was in the fifth inning and I got out, he said, ‘Let me see the finger.’ He said, ‘You’re not going to throw anymore.’ I wanted to take care of my bullpen, because I know they were a little bit tired. They said no.”

The blister is the latest health issue for Mejia, who also has dealt with a bunion on the big toe.

“I’ve had a lot of things,” Mejia said. “I had the bunion. I’ve got the blister. In Montreal I had a ball hit me in my arm. That’s a lot. But I’m going to [pitch], because the two years before I didn’t throw a lot of innings. I want to throw innings, and my arm is good.”