Mejia takes step by getting back on mound

Mejia takes step by getting back on mound

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Former top prospect Jenrry Mejia took a brief but significant step Thursday in his road back from Tommy John surgery, throwing an abridged bullpen session in front of Mets coaches and staff. It was Mejia's first mound work since undergoing his operation last May.

"I was happy to see him on the mound today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I thought his arm was good and loose."

Though Mejia is unlikely to rejoin the Mets until late this season at the earliest, Collins said those plans could change if he can prove both his health and command. The right-hander is just one year removed from ranking among the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.

"Sometimes, you can't stop people," Collins said. "They force their way."