Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Following the New York Mets 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night, manager Terry Collins told reporters Jenrry Mejia will make his first Major League start in two years on Saturday versus the Milwaukee Brewers, taking the rotation spot of Jeremy Hefner, who will be placed in the bullpen.  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

“Terry Collins cited the rookie Hefner having logged 140 innings this season as a motivation for moving him to a relief role, although Hefner did log 157 1/3 innings last season in Triple-A with the San Diego Padres. So clearly the move was primarily fueled to create a spot for Mejia to get September starts. 

Mejia last started a major league game on Sept. 15, 2010 — before Tommy John surgery. Although he projects as a reliever in the majors, Mejia had a 2.75 ERA in 10 starts and a 5.48 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo this season. He has made one relief appearance in the majors since his September call-up — surrendering a solo homer to Dan Uggla but no other damage in two innings against the Atlanta Braves.“

I must admit.  I am very intrigued to see Mejia start on Saturday.  While I would rather see him develop into a bullpen arm, it will be interesting to see how he performs in the rotation.  During his only appearance in 2012, Mejia allowed one run over two innings while striking out one:

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