The Mets announced that closer Jeurys Familia will be activated off the disabled list Friday.
Familia was diagnosed with an arterial clot is his right shoulder and had surgery in mid-May. He made four scoreless rehab appearances between High-A St. Lucie and Low-A Brooklyn recently, and has returned to New York. He’ll likely be eased back into the closer role, which has been filled by A.J. Ramos for the last month.
Between the surgery and the late start due to a suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy, Familia has pitched in only 11 games this season.
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.