Jenrry Mejia, rated the top prospect in the New York Mets organization by Baseball America, tore a ligament in his throwing elbow and may take almost a year to recover.
Mejia, 21, was diagnosed with a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow after testing today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, the Major League Baseball team said today in an e-mailed statement.
Mejia left his April 29 start with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, after four innings with discomfort in his throwing arm. He was 1-2 with a 2.86 earned run average in five starts with the Bisons before the injury. He was 0-4 with a 4.62 earned run average in 33 games for the Mets last year, working mostly out of the bullpen.
The ligament can be reconstructed with Tommy John surgery, when it is replaced by one from elsewhere in the body, according to the hospital’s website. Recovery from the surgery takes about 11 months. Mejia will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, the team said.