Mejia will receive some time in the outfield in minor-league camp and early in the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Indians still view Mejia as a catcher, but his bat is considered to be far more advanced than his glove. The team likes the defense of its current catcher tandem, Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez, and they're quite set at designated hitter with Edwin Encarnacion. They experimented with him at third base but did not like what they saw. Outfield could be his best route to the big leagues, as the team's corner outfielders are a collection of mediocre or injury-prone players such as Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley, and Brandon Guyer.
Mejia was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as Mejia has never been to Triple-A and was expected to open the season there with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez ahead of him on the major-league depth chart. The 22-year-old prospect could earn a promotion to the majors at some point this season if either Gomes or Perez were to go down with an injury.
Mejia (foot) is in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Mejia is batting sixth as a designated hitter. He has been out since Tuesday with a foot contusion after getting hit by a pitch. He should be fully recovered by the start of the season, though it's likely that he starts the year with Triple-A Columbus.
Mejia has been diagnosed with a right foot contusion, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Mejia suffered the injury after being hit by a pitch on his foot during Tuesday's Cactus League game. The good news is manager Terry Francona said the backstop is fine, noting his removal from the contest was simply precautionary. That said, it doesn't sound like this ailment will keep the 22-year-old sidelined for very long. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mejia was removed from Tuesday's Cactus League game after being hit by a pitch on his foot, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
It's possible his removal was simply precautionary, as Mejia was able to walk off under his own power after briefly being checked on by manager Terry Francona and a member of the team's medical staff. More specifics regarding the injury should come forth once he's further evaluated, but consider the highly-touted prospect day-to-day for the time being.
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