New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia said he experienced back tightness during Monday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com:
Jenrry Mejia said he experienced a little back tightness today.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 4, 2014
Mejia took the loss after allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the nigh inning Monday. No other details were offered about the severity of the injury, but back tightness will typically cause a player to miss at least a couple of days.
After beginning the year as a starter, Mejia has been successful as the Mets’ closer since mid-May. Overall, the 24-year-old has a 3.58 ERA (3.71 FIP) with a strikeout rate of 23.3 percent in 2014.
The Mets can’t afford to lose Mejia for too long, as their bullpen has been relatively stabilized over the past few weeks. New York is down seven games in the National League Wild Card race, meaning it would take a massive hot streak to propel them into contention.
Jeurys Familia has a 1.81 ERA (2.90 FIP) and a save this year and would be the likely candidate to replace Mejia should he miss any time.
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