The Mets should have a new starting pitching option within a month.
Top prospect Jenrry Mejia, whose dazzling Grapefruit League performance prompted the Mets to place him on the Opening Day roster as a reliever, is expected to head to the minors to resume being used as a starting pitcher. That could be timed with R.A. Dickeyâ€™s activation before Wednesdayâ€™s start, a team source told ESPNNewYork.com.
It will take Mejia some time to be ready to return to the majors in a starting capacity. It should, in fact, be comparable to a spring-training build-up, when a pitcher throws two innings, then three innings and so on until heâ€™s up to a 90-100 pitch count.