Jenrry Mejia Out with Elbow Injury
According to the Mets PR department, top prospect Jenrry Mejia has been diagnosed with an elbow injury and will be shut down.
From the official release:
Righthanded pitcher Jenrry Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and was found to have a complete MCL tear of the right elbow. Mejia underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Surgical treatment has been recommended, but Mejia is expected to seek a second opinion.
This is not good news, obviously. What adds to the sadness about this is it might have been avoided. It’s fairly common for an elbow injury to either precede or follow a shoulder injury, and since the Mets never made a significant change to his dangerous mechanics, this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Luckily, elbow surgery has a fairly good success rate in comparison to shoulder surgery. What are the chances that upon his return, someone qualified takes a good look at Mejia’s mechanics and makes changes to avert this happening again?
BTW, I’m not sure why the injured body part is being called “MCL”; technically speaking, “MCL” refers to something in the knee. The elbow has three ligaments: ulnar collateral, radial collateral, and anular. For whatever reason, Dr. Altcheck refers to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) as “MCL”. Whatever you call it, if it’s torn, then Jenrry needs “Tommy John Surgery”. But hey, I’m not a doctor — I don’t even play one on TV, so what do I know?