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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Mejia may overcome hurdle Thursday

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia has not pitched on consecutive days at any level since June 5-6, 2010, during his first tour of duty in the Mets bullpen. That may change Thursday night, in the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Terry Collins said if the circumstance presents itself, he wants to have Mejia work back-to-back days for the first time in four years. After all,  that is a requirement if Mejia is going to assume the full-time closer's role.

The manager added that Thursday appears an ideal opportunity to have Mejia pitch for the second straight day, since Mejia only required eight pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, in a non-save situation.

Mejia has expressed hesitancy about working two straight days because he has become injured in the past as a reliever. But if relief is going to be his role, he will need to overcome that mental hurdle.