Transcription and comments after the jump.
Right now, Jenrry is going to Binghamton for a few starts. He'll probably go to Buffalo for a few starts. ... We're still in a sense, in a rehab phase with Jenrry. He's only a year out from surgery. I had a talk with the doctors just a couple of days ago: he's a very quick healer. He's done very well. At the same time, we need to continue to allow him to pitch on four or five days rest, so he has a routine and continue to work on all of his pitches, so he has better mastery of them. And then when we get to the end of that, say two or four start cycle, then we'll decide what he'll do, in terms of role and where he'll do it.
We have other guys that are coming along, Beato, should be ready by the time (inaudible) ends. And others that are throwing pretty well at the minor league level, but aren't on the roster. So, right now, we want to preserve that roster space, and see how our guys at the minor league level develop over the next three or four weeks.
CommentsParagraph one is all about Mejia. If you take Alderson at his word, and there is no reason not to, no final decision has been made yet about Mejia's role moving forward. The earliest the Mets would make such a decision is in four starts, or about three weeks (I read a few as at least two). For both rehab purposes and developmental purposes, starting is better for Mejia (and most pitchers) than relieving. Frankly, that's an argument for his continuing along as a starter even if the Mets decide he end up in the bullpen.
Paragraph two connect Mejia to the rest of the roster. Alderson points to Beato as potential help in the bullpen. And who are the mysterious "others" he points to in the minors who are not on the 40-man roster? Elvin Ramirez (of the 22/7 K/BB ratio in 18.2 IP between AA and AAA this year) has to be at the very top of the list. LHP Josh Edgin has had his struggles in AAA, but is also not on the 40-man roster. Also, if the Mets are going to give Matt Harvey a look at some point this year, he too will need to be added to the 40-man. I don't think Alderson is pointing to Harvey here specifically, but noting the value of 40-man roster flexibility.
The interest in maintaining 40-man flexibility also helps explain why Robert Carson was recalled today. He is on the 40-man and Ramirez is not. Also, he's left-handed and Ramirez is not.