NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Where’s Jenrry?
Mets general manager Alderson said the visa issue delaying the arrival of 23-year-old pitcher Jenrry Mejia is related to an investigation into his age and identity.
Alderson said he believes the review, which is being handled through Major League Baseball at the request of the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic, was random and not because of suspected wrongdoing.
“Unfortunately, when he went to pick up his visa, the consulate decided they needed to do an age and identity review in his case,” said Alderson. “I think it was random. I don’t know that there was any reason specifically that they decided to do that.”
In the meantime, Mejia is working out at the Mets’ complex in the Dominican Republic. Alderson said the review was “unanticipated by the player, by us, by Major League Baseball for that matter.”
“It could take a while, but MLB is treating it as a priority, so I’m hopeful he will be in soon,” Alderson said.