Mejia allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out two batters Thursday in his Dominican Winter League debut, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Mejia didn't pitch well during his first start of the Dominican Winter League, although he's likely shaking some of the rust off. The 24-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA in 2017 for the Twins over 98 innings pitched and earned a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation. The good news is that Mejia is still young and has plenty of time to improve. He'll look to have a better outing in his second start of winter league play.
Mejia (4-7) took the loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 3.2 innings while striking out three.
It was another early exit for the young lefty, who hasn't completed five innings in a start since the end of July. Mejia could see some postseason action this year if the Twins qualify for and are able to advance past the Wild Card Game, but as yet he hasn't done nearly enough to lock himself into a rotation spot for 2018.
Mejia allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters through 4.2 innings during Thursday's win over Detroit. He didn't factor into the decision.
Mejia hasn't pitched out of the fifth inning in either of his two starts since returning from the disabled list Sept. 16. He sports a 4.48 ERA and 7.8 K/9 for the campaign, which would have him in line to be a potential streaming option in favorable matchups. However, until he pitches deeper into games, it's difficult to rely on the 24-year-old lefty. A daunting road matchup against Cleveland at Progressive Field projects to be Mejia's final start of 2017.
Mejia (4-6) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three batters through just three innings during Saturday's loss to Toronto.
This was Mejia's first start since Aug. 8, as the 24-year-old lefty missed over a month with a biceps injury. He made three rehab appearances before Saturday's game, so the short outing was clearly the result of his poor performance and not related to his previous ailment. Mejia takes an underwhelming 4.62 ERA and 1.57 WHIP into his next projected start against Detroit at Comerica Park.
Mejia (biceps) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. He is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Mejia is ready to rejoin the Twins' rotation after spending a little more than a month on the shelf with a left biceps strain. The 24-year-old southpaw made three rehab starts between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, allowing just one run over 13 innings during those starts. Mejia, who is set to make his first start since Aug. 8, compiled a 4.47 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 86.2 innings prior to his injury.
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