Monday, August 11, 2014
Collins, Mejia meet to get on same page
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Collins met with Jenrry Mejia on Monday morning in the visiting manager's office at Citizens Bank Park. The powwow came a day after Mejia publicly revealed he had a hernia that will require surgery at the end of the season if not sooner.
Collins' understanding is Mejia should be able to pitch with the hernia. The closer will be available on Tuesday.
The manager had preferred Mejia keep the hernia injury quiet.
"I said, 'Listen, if you have an issue that's keeping you from being able to pitch the way you've been pitching, you need to tell me. I'm the only one who can fix it,'" Collins said. "He said, 'No, I was fine. They [reporters] asked me about my leg, going to the doctor, and I just told them, plus, I got medicine for my hernia.' I said, 'Well, you've got to be careful of spreading too much information, because it didn't come out very good.'
"He understands, but he didn't think it was a big deal [to reveal]. I said, 'You know where you are. It's a big deal.'"
Mejia hopes to complete the season and then undergo surgery.
"The doctors have said he can pitch," Collins said. "As long as his arm feels fine, he can pitch. ... R.A. Dickey won a Cy Young with a hernia."