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Jeurys Familia has a blood clot in his shoulder, may need surgery

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The Mets have already lost Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes to injury. Add one more key component to the pile: closer Jeurys Familia

The Mets just announced that Familia was examined today by doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with an arterial clot is his right shoulder. He’ll fly to St. Louis to undergo further tests and may have to undergo surgery. There is no comment as to the timeline for his absence, either with or without surgery.

This is terrible news for the Mets, obviously. Despite yesterday’s blown save, Familia has been among baseball’s top relievers over the past three years. This year he got off to a late start due to a suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy, having pitched in only 11 games. Addison Reed, who filled in for Familia as Mets closer during his suspension, will likely move back into the ninth inning role.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.