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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Jacob deGrom, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jenrry Mejia, Dana Eveland

By on 8/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

The New York Mets look set to get NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom back on Saturday, with manager Terry Collins telling reporters, including Marc Carig of Newsday, that deGrom was on course to return from the DL and start then. The news isn't so good for several other Mets players, as Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jenrry Mejia and Dana Eveland have all been sidelined lately with various ailments.

Carig also noted in that initial tweet that Nieuwenhuis sat out of Tuesday's contest with a stiff neck. The outfielder was initially listed in the Mets' Wednesday lineup after taking batting practice but apparently felt discomfort in his neck when trying to run pre-game:

The Mets get Thursday off so they will hope that the extra rest allows both Nieuwenhuis and Mejia to be available on Friday. The Mets closer was again unavailable on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. This time the issue appears to be back tightness, which also bothered him at the start of the month. Mejia has also admitted to pitching through a hernia and battling calf tightness over the last few weeks, but the Mets seem to have no interest in putting him on the DL, and Mejia is determined to keep pitching. Jeurys Familia got the five-out save in Mejia's absence on Wednesday.

Rubin says that another bullpen arm, Dana Eveland, received a cortisone shot for what the reliever says is tennis elbow. Eveland won't pitch until Friday, when he'll throw a bullpen session. The 30-year-old has been excellent so far for New York, with a 4.20 K/BB ratio, 3.09 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 23 innings. The left-hander has bounced between starting and relief throughout the course of his career but appears to have found the best role for his skills this season as those numbers are all career-bests.

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