New York Mets fans are used to disappointment by now -- so Monday night's injury news that cropped up again to two arms they expected to provide different forms of impact to their organization should come as no surprise. Chris Young has been diagnosed with a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder -- the reason he was scratched two days ago against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- and a second opinion confirmed the need for Jenrry Mejia to have Tommy John surgery. This is a very similar injury to the one that limited Young to only four appearances last season.
While Young is expected to miss the remainder of the season, he is not sure whether he will have surgery; and assistant general manager John Ricco said it's "essentially" the same injury that Johan Santana had, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY. Young's injury woes have been well documented so the Mets signed him to a deal with a base salary of $1.1 million this offseason with incentives that kicked in based on starts an innings pitched. He made four starts this year for a total of 24 innings, while allowing just 12 hits and striking out 22.
Dillon Gee will now be the long-term replacement for Young in the Mets' rotation.
Mejia, on the other hand, was not expected to contribute at the major league level until late this season, but had really begun to develop his secondary offerings at Triple-A this season. Mets officials were extremely pleased with how his pitches were progressing. Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.
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