Mets have pitching reinforcements on the way

Mets have pitching reinforcements on the way

NEW YORK -- The Mets may have some pitching reinforcements on the horizon, but they're not going to let themselves get too far ahead of the process. New York has Chris Young and Pedro Beato working back from injury and Jenrry Mejia stretching out as a starter in the Minor Leagues.

Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Beato has made good progress with his injured shoulder in extended spring camp, and Young has made two rehab starts in the Minors. Young could be back with the big league club in the next few weeks, but Collins doesn't know how that would affect his staff.

"What I'm trying to do is make sure that these guys get themselves enough innings and enough work so that when they get out there, they can be effective," he said. "Right now, I don't think I've necessarily done that with D.J. [Carrasco]. In the brief time he's been here, we've been in pretty much every single game until last night. I've gone with the guys that have been here and that have done the job."

The Mets have already lost Mike Pelfrey to a season-ending elbow injury, and swingman Miguel Batista has stepped into the rotation on a short-term basis. Young, in time, could be the solution.

Mejia, just 22 years old, was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton after two efficient starts for Class A Port St. Lucie. Collins said that the Mets still aren't certain whether Mejia profiles best as a starter or as a reliever, but he thinks the youngster can improve from a greater workload.

"I think the whole thing is what's better for Jenrry long term," said Collins. "Obviously, the workload right now -- the fact that he goes out there and gets some innings pitched -- he's got a better chance to throw more breaking balls, to use his secondary pitches and get better command of them.

"I don't have a lot to say about [his future role]. I don't think that's my job. I've got enough problems here, but I think down the road you'll see Jenrry Mejia somehow get in that bullpen."