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Friday, August 8, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Jenrry Mejia battling calf tightness

By on 8/08/2014 09:30:00 AM

New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia appears to be playing through another minor injury, with ESPN's Adam Rubin reporting that the right-hander was not allowed to go back out for a second inning in Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Washington Nationals because of a tight calf that has been bothering him for a few days.

Rubin says that Mejia was keen to return to the mound after pitching the 12th, but manager Terry Collins did not want to take the risk of aggravating the problem. Collins told Rubin that although the issue didn't seem to be too serious, he won't let Mejia pitch if it's still a problem on Friday:
"If it’s still bothering him, he certainly won’t pitch tomorrow. The trainers, right now they don’t think it’s anything serious. But it’s serious enough that he wasn’t going to pitch any more today."

Mejia's replacement, Carlos Torres, would subsequently surrender the game-winning home run to Bryce Harper in the 13th. If the 24-year-old is unavailable on Friday, Jeurys Familia seems the most likely candidate to step in for a save situation. It's the second time within the last week that a minor ailment has cropped up for Mejia, as he also mentioned that he was experiencing back tightness after Sunday's outing.

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