Jenrry Mejia left the Mets game today before the ninth inning due to elbow soreness, multiple reports indicate. Mejia had been preparing to enter the game for a save opportunity when he ran from the bullpen and into the dugout. Upon arriving in the dugout, Mejia immediately entered the tunnel back to the clubhouse with trainer Ray Ramirez.
As Mets officials noted, this is a new injury for Mejia. He had been feeling some tenderness before the game, but attempted to warm up regardless. The Mets have not yet made a statement regarding the severity of the injury.
Losing Mejia for an extended period would undoubtedly hurt the Mets' bullpen, which was supposed to be significantly improved this year. The Mets have already lost Bobby Parnell for the early part of the year, and can ill afford to lose another of their best bullpen arms. Should Mejia miss more than a few games, the Mets would probably go to Jeurys Familia in the closer's role.