Jenrry Mejia of the New York Mets had a "Jerry Maguire" moment Sunday when he said out loud to reporters, including the New York Post: "I want to take some pills and keep pitching" through a hernia injury.
It was brave, macho, and probably what the team and many fans want to hear. But it also was short-sighted.
Remember the moment in "Jerry Maguire" when the hockey player's little kid tried being the voice of reason after Tom Cruise's character wouldn't tell his client he needed to stop playing in order to protect his brain from more concussions? (This was in the 1990s, when nobody cared about the brain except little kids.)
Here's the scene — sorry that it's in Spanish. But you get the idea.
Well, in a world of Jerry Maguires, Jenrry Mejia has his own hockey-angel kid looking out for him. Tim Byrdak, former major league pitcher with the Mets and others:
Dear Mr Mejia. I pitched with sports hernia in 2010, results will not get better because you won't be able to finish your pitches#justssayin— Tim Byrdak (@Givemethelefty) August 10, 2014
Practical advice, considering Mejia blew his third save in 20 chances Sunday, and later revealed he's got a painful tear in his hernia that requires surgery. The injury, Mike Puma of the Post reports, is similar to what happened to R.A. Dickey in 2012. Dickey waited until after the season to get surgery — just like Mejia intends:
Manager Terry Collins said he is aware of Mejia’s situation and will leave it to the player to step forward if he can’t continue performing. Mejia has also recently been bothered by a sore right calf.
“The medical people say he should be OK to pitch,” Collins said. “So he’s got to make the decision. If he tells me [Monday] he can’t do it, then we’ll make a decision.”
It's a matter of managing the pain, Collins seems to believe. And what about Byrdak's advice about not being able to get the most out of your pitches? Not only does that make a pitcher less effective, it would seem that not being able to follow through — a physical change in how Mejia delivers the ball — is potentially dangerous to other parts of his body. Couldn't that lead to other injuries?
And, have the Mets not seen Jerry Maguire? In English or Spanish?
More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:
- - - - - - -