The Mets' Jenrry Mejia has been in the midst of a struggle, which reared its head once more this afternoon when he took a blown save in a 7-6 walk-off win by the Phillies. After going eight-for-eight in save opportunities in a stretch from July 9 to August 6 in which he allowed no runs, Mejia has allowed four earned runs in his last four appearances while going 0-2 with a blown save and seeing his ERA creep up from 3.58 to 3.89.
In the middle of that has been an apparent calf injury that Mejia has consistently downplayed since being removed after an inning of work in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, a game in which he pitched a scoreless 12th before Carlos Torres gave up a two-run walk-off home run in the 13th. Today, after the team's latest loss, the right-hander revealed the exact extent of that injury.
Mejia says he has a "little bit of a hernia" but wants to keep pitching. Has had it for 3 weeks #mets— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) August 10, 2014
This comes as the second blow to the pitching staff today; Jacob deGrom was scratched from Tuesday's start earlier today after complaining of shoulder soreness and is in New York to undergo further tests. We'll have to wait and see who his replacement will be. Now, with Mejia hurt, the team has another decision to make as to what to do with their suddenly shaky closer.