According to Adam Rubin, of the Daily News, Jerry Manuel plans to use Jenrry Mejia in short relief spurts for the remainder of spring training. Rubin reports that Manuel wants to see how Mejia reacts to pitching in short relief situations, as supposed to stretching his outings out to starting pitchers length. Rubin also expects Mejia to be in big-league camp through the final week as a reliever.
All I can do is shake my head when I read things like this. This is a classic case of a lame duck manager, that is desperate for solutions, regardless of future ramifications. Mejia has been completely dominant so far this spring. In 2 appearances Mejia has pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 2 hits no walks while striking out 5. Its 2 appearances folks, 5 1/3 innings! To think that Mejia is ready for a major league role is ridiculous. The Mets have an asset in Mejia, but he needs time in the minor-leagues to work. In 2009, Mejia had a BB/9 of 3.58, in A+ and AA combined. Then in his AFL experience, Mejia walked 13 in 14 1/3 innings. Mejia needs innings as a starter in the minors to determine if he can ultimately become a big league starting pitcher. Having a dominant starting pitcher is much more important than having a dominant short reliever. The Mets need to look across the street to the Bronx to find out how not to handle a young flame-thrower (Joba).
Thanks to metsblog.com for the picture, you can find more spring training photos here.