According to a late night post by NY Daily News beat writer, Andy Martino, there is some belief within the Mets' organization that Jenrry Mejia will actually appear in the Mets rotation before Chris Young. You'll recall that the Mets have made it pretty clear that they're hoping to ultimately fill the void left by Mike Pelfrey with Young in either late May or early June. The problem is getting that far.
The Mets entered the season with few options when it came to rotational depth. The loss of Pelfrey brought that concern to the forefront, as Chris Schwinden was promoted with little success. Schwinden's replacement for the time being, Miguel Bautista received a no decision last night following a shaky start before settling in to keep the Mets in the ball game. Should Bautista struggle, the only remaining option currently for the Mets would appear to be Jeremy Hefner, who has minimal major league experience.
And so the search to bridge the gap to Chris Young continues. Few had figured that Mejia would be ready to return this soon, having received Tommy John surgery in May 2011, but according to Martino he is progressing well. Mejia is set to make a rehab start today in the Florida State League and should he progress without set back, could find himself in Flushing sooner than later.
I'll be honest, I hadn't thought of Mejia in this role, but if his surgically repair arm can handle the stress of pitching every fifth day he is without question better than the alternatives. The Mets mishandled Mejia in recent years, having him up from the minors several times in a variety of roles. Still it appears his future role (starter or bullpen) is yet to be decided. That said, the 22 year old is in a position to help the club now and hopefully aid in maintaining the team's strong start to the year. If he has success, he would provide much needed rotational depth for the remainder of the year, or at least until Matt Harvey and Jeursys Familia are deemed ready to contribute themselves.