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Mejia sent down to work on becoming starting pitcher

Posted By James Kwasnik On June 21, 2010 @ 9:53 am In Player moves | Comments Disabled

After the Mets were shut out by the Yankees in Sunday’s 4-0 loss, the Mets decided to send reliever Jenrry Mejia down to Double-A Binghamton, presumably to stretch him out into a starter. Bobby Parnell has been called up to take his roster spot.

It’s a somewhat surprising move now, especially because Parnell hadn’t been pitching that great in the minors and Mejia represented the only real power arm in the bullpen. It is something many Mets fans had been clamoring for earlier in the season. Part of the decision might have been prompted by John Maine’s last rehab start on Friday. He apparently did not feel well, which could leave his return in question. He will be re-evaluated today.

Another question is whether or not Mejia would be ready to return later this season down the stretch. General Manager Omar Minaya did not rule out that possibility.

What do you think of the move?

In another move Sunday, the Mets picked up outfielder Jorge Padilla from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. The 30-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2009 with the Washington Nationals where he had three hits in 25 at-bats for a .120 batting average. He was a third-round draft selection by the Phillies in 1998.

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