Minaya: Mejia's shutdown will be brief
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Right-hander Jenrry Mejia, who was diagnosed with a posterior cuff strain in his right shoulder on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, should resume throwing in the not-too-distant future, New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.
Mejia removed himself from Sunday's game at Double-A Binghamton after throwing 43 pitches. It was his second start since being sent down to Double-A on June 20 to stretch his arm out in the hope of turning him into a starter.
"My understanding is hopefully it won't be long before he resumes throwing," Minaya said. "I think that based upon the information that we had today, it's going to be a precautionary thing. I don't want to give a timetable when he's throwing, but we are going to rest him and let's see how he goes."
Minaya suggested that the increase in Mejia's pitch count for starting duty was not a factor in the injury.
"I don't think so," Minaya said. "Not at all. My understanding [is] he only threw 40 or 50 pitches his previous time. It was nothing that he was not doing here."
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The GM also disputed that the Mets might now be hindered in making a trade because Mejia has been shut down -- even briefly.
"Look, we have some good prospects," Minaya said. "From Mejia to other players, we have some good prospects. We're not about one prospect only. If we're able to get in a situation that we feel we need to do, we will explore. But it's not going to only be about one player. If you look at our talent, if you look at some of the guys we've brought up, we do have some young players that can be attractive."
Will the Mets make a deal? Minaya said adding Carlos Beltran and having other players play up to their potential means the Mets could be an improved club with what they already have.
"I think we're definitely going to look at all ways we can improve our club," Minaya said. "That being said, I think we have some good young players. And I also think this team could be better. I've said all along -- I think you guys heard me say in spring training -- this is going to be a team that gets better as the year goes on ... I think our bullpen still could be better. We've got some real good power arms back there. I just look at the radar readings up there and we've got some guys who are throwing 94 to 96 to 97 in the pen. Now can they control that? Can they control those things? Yes."
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