New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia doesn’t have structural damage in his pitching elbow, tests showed, after the right-hander was unable to enter the team’s season opener due to arm stiffness.
Mejia, 25, was diagnosed with posterior elbow inflammation, given a cortisone shot and placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 5, the Mets said Tuesday in a news release. He’ll be replaced on the team’s active roster by righty Erik Goeddel, who will be called up from minor-league Las Vegas.
Mejia was warming up to preserve Bartolo Colon’s 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals on Monday when he felt discomfort in the elbow. Buddy Carlyle took the field instead and earned his first career save.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Jeurys Familia would be the top candidate to close games while Mejia is out. The team said Mejia wouldn’t be available to pitch for at least 10 days.
Mejia went 6-6 with a 3.65 earned run average in 63 games for New York last season, saving 28.