Jean Carlos Mejía promoted to Majors
Looking to strengthen its pitching staff, Cleveland recalled right-hander Jean Carlos Mejía from Triple-A Columbus. Before the promotion, Mejía allowed two runs in nine innings and struck out 10 batters for the Clippers.
“I think it was part of my consistency. … I worked hard and I felt [the Indians] recognized that I’m consistent,” Mejía said through interpreter Agustin Rivero.
The journey to the big leagues was a long one for Mejía. He was in Cleveland's organization for seven years before the call up. Mejía was put on the 40-man roster three years ago. He didn’t have any doubts that his day with the big club would come.
“[Going to the big leagues] was my focus all this time -- keep working hard, achieve that goal and be able to compete every day and prove [that I belong in the big leagues],” Mejía said.
Mejía received the word of his promotion during a day off on Monday and he immediately called his mother and wife to give the good news. He left Columbus at 9 a.m. the next day.
Mejía, 24, is not sure how he will fit in, but said his job is to get outs.
“I didn’t have an assigned role in the bullpen yet, but I will get myself ready,” Mejía said.