Mejia to work consecutive days soon

WASHINGTON -- Jenrry Mejia has not pitched on back-to-back days since 2010, when he last was assigned to the big-league bullpen.

But if Mejia ultimately is to assume the full-time closer’s role, which is the intention, he will need to start working consecutive days.

Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia

#58 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM9
  • W4

  • L0

  • BB20

  • K41

  • ERA4.76

That level of workload is coming soon.

Terry Collins said he may use Mejia on Saturday and Sunday, although the manager is not positive because the latter is a day game after a night game.

If not this weekend, certainly Mejia will work back-to-back days when the Mets return home beginning Tuesday to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, then the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates.

“He hasn’t been back-to-back in four years, so we’ve got to be careful,” Collins said. “... For sure, if it’s not this weekend, next week he’s got to go back-to-back sometime.”

With Mejia having pitched Thursday against the Yankees, Daisuke Matsuzaka or Jose Valverde will handle the ninth Friday at Nationals Park if the Mets have a narrow lead. Collins suggested he could even use multiple relievers in the ninth, such as inserting a southpaw if lefty-hitting Denard Span is due up.