Jenrry Mejia will not pitch in a game for at least six weeks due to tendinitis in his elbow, according to Jorge Castillo of The Star Ledger.
"I feel a little pain, not much," Mejia said. "But sometimes a little pain turns into a lot so you don’t want to force anything. It’s better to not force anything to get ready and finish the season healthy."
Mejia will be idle for two weeks, after which he will start a month-long throwing program with hopes of returning to game action after that.
An MRI did not reveal any structural damage, according to Castillo.
Mejia tore his mediate collateral ligament in May 2011 and had Tommy John surgery, which kept him from pitching for a year.
It always seems like it’s one step forward, and two steps backward for Mejia; he just can’t seem to settle into a role get himself on track. Ultimately, I expected Mejia to go to the minors and work as a starter anyway, but this elbow injury is quite alarming, considering he is only about two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. This undoubtedly sets Mejia back once again, as it keeps him from refining his stuff and developing into an effective Major League pitcher.