NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia wanted to test his balky back by throwing pregame Friday, but had yet to get permission from a team doctor to do so as the Mets began batting practice at Citi Field.
Mejia Mejia, who was pulled from Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers before throwing a pitch in the 11th inning once Terry Collins learned the closer had a back issue, told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday afternoon that he still had tightness on the lower left portion of his back. However, Mejia added: "No pain. Today is better."
Mejia had told bullpen coach Ricky Bones that he was experiencing back stiffness while warming up for Thursday's appearance. Mejia wanted to enter the game, and Bones did not intercede at that point.
Mejia completed the 10th inning. By the time he had returned to the mound for the 11th, Collins had learned about Mejia's bullpen admission, went to the mound and removed the closer.
As for Granderson, he is out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Friday with a tight left calf. Collins said Granderson would be unavailable for the series opener against the San Diego Padres as a precaution. Still, Granderson went through pregame warm-ups with his teammates, so the issue did not appear overly severe.