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Mets injury update: Jenrry Mejia's elbow MRI shows inflammation, no structural damage

The Mets avoid catastrophie early in the season as the MRI shows no structural damage in the righties elbow

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Mets fans everywhere can breath a sigh of relief on Tuesday, as Jenrry Mejia's MRI results on his elbow came back negative. Mejia was diagnosed with inflammation of the elbow, but there is no structural damage. He will receive a cortisone shot to help with the inflammation.

There was much concern over Mejia's health after Mejia could not pitch yesterday. He had taken himself out of the game while warming up in the bullpen to go out for the 9th inning and was flown back to New York for and MRI this morning. Last year, incumbent Mets closer Bobby Parnell needed Tommy John surgery after his Opening Day appearance.

The 25-year-old took over as the Mets' closer last May and has never looked back, going 28-for-31 in save chances and pitching well in the process. Whether or not he remains the Mets' closer probably depends on how soon he returns and what his peers do in his absence.