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Bulletin: Bisons' pitcher Mejia, top Mets prospect, needs elbow surgery

Devastating news in from the New York Mets late Monday afternoon: Bisons pitcher Jenrry Mejia, the 21-year-old Dominican who is universally acclaimed as the big club's top prospect, has a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and appears headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery. 

Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Surgery was recommended but he will seek a second opinion before making his decision.

Mejia left his start with the Bisons Friday in Rochester after four innings with discomfort in the elbow and flew to New York for examination, where the tear was found. In five starts for the Bisons, Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

Mejia appeared in 33 games for the Mets last year (30 in relief), and posted an 0-4 record with a 4.62 ERA. He finished the year in the minor leagues, including one start in Buffalo, and was set to be a seasonlong starter for the Herd.

If he has the surgery, Mejia will become the second Buffalo starter down for the season with the ligament transplant surgery. Veteran Boof Bonser suffered a similar injury in his lone start April 9 at Coca-Cola Field against Pawtucket and had surgery the following week. In addition, Opening Day starter Dillon Gee is in New York pitching out of the bullpen.

The Bisons play again tonight at Lehigh Valley.

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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