Jenrry Mejia Has Ligament Tear, Will Miss Rest Of 2011 Season

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Jenrry Mejia Injury: Ligament Tear Confirmed, Tommy John Surgery Needed

In a better world, top prospects would never have to see Dr. James Andrews. It usually means that Tommy John surgery is coming, which delays a pitcher's development for at least a year, and usually closer to two. When New York Mets' top prospect Jenrry Mejia felt pain in his right elbow, an MRI revealed a tear of his MCL. He was expected to seek a second opinion, which he did, but unfortunately the answer was the same. From Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:

Also, it's official: Mejia saw Dr Andrews today and will have Tommy John surgery.

While it's never convenient or welcome to lose a top prospect -- Mejia was Baseball America's #1 prospect in the Mets' organization entering 2011 -- this one is especially devastating for the Mets, as Mejia was a) pitching well in Triple-A, and b) in line to take the rotation spot that just opened up with Chris Young's injury. Brutal news for Mejia, the Mets, and Mets fans.

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Jenrry Mejia Has Major Elbow Injury, Likely To Miss Season

Awful, awful news for the Mets and their fans: top pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia has sustained a major elbow injury. Says David Lennon:

Jenrry Mejia has a complete MCL tear of his right elbow and surgery has been recommended. Wow.

Mejia had been pitching for AAA Buffalo, but left his most recent start after four innings with discomfort. He went for an MRI, which revealed the injury. Mejia is expected to look for a second opinion, but the likelihood here is that he's going to have surgery and will therefore miss the entire 2011 season.

Baseball America's preseason #44 prospect in the league, the 21-year-old Mejia had a 2.86 ERA over five starts with Buffalo. In 2010, he was effective at every level and even made 33 appearances with the Mets, during which he held his own. He was to make a push for the majors in the near future, so this news obviously comes as a substantial setback, and one can only hope that Mejia's able to make a complete recovery and eventually get his career back on track.

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