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Jeurys Familia to be activated

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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.

Mets-Red Sox close to deal sending Addison Reed to Boston for three minor league relievers

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Multiple reporters are tweeting that the Mets and Red Sox are close to completing a deal for Mets reliever Addison Reed.Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that all that, once medicals are reviewed, the deal will be done. The Mets are telling other teams that Reed is no longer available, Feinsand says.

The return haul is not yet known, but New York will reportedly get three prospects. UPDATE: Alex Speier reports that the players going to the Mets are Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek. Callahan, 22, is a minor league pitcher who has appeared at Double-A and Triple-A this season and was the Sox’ second round pick in 2012. Bautista, 22, is a reliever who has spent the season at high-A ball. Nogosek, 22, is also a reliever who has spent the year between A-ball and high-A. All three of the relievers heading to New York are righties.

Reed, 28, is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and possesses a fantastic 48/6 K/BB ratio in 48 appearances this year. He has 19 saves, having taken over as the Mets closer when Jeurys Familia went down, though he’ll obviously serve in a setup role for Craig Kimbrel in Boston. He’s coming off of a career-best performance in 2016, during which he looked nearly unhittable with a 1.97 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.5 SO/9 through 77 2/3 innings. He’ll be a free agent after the season.

Ron Darling rips Mets trainers after yet another player goes down with an injury

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Last night starter Robert Gsellman became the latest Mets player to go down with an injury when he strained his hamstring while running out a ground ball. He’s certain to go on the disabled list, making him the sixth Mets starter to go down this year. He’ll join Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares, Neil Walker, Matt Harvey, David Wright, Jeurys Familia and many, many other Mets on the DL.

Mets broadcaster Ron Darling is fed up with it. Last night, after Gsellman went down, he went off on the Mets trainers, who he believes to be enabling all of this:

“[These] trainers, get them in a room with some of the old trainers and people that took care of baseball players and how to keep them healthy. And get them in a room and try to tap into their knowledge on how you train baseball players — not weightlifters, not six-pack wearers — baseball players. They’re doing a disservice to their million-dollar athletes that they’re paying. It’s a joke to watch this happen each and every night.”

Here’s video of his rant:

Darling is certainly tapping into a frustration a lot of Mets fans feel. For years the Mets injury issues have vexed the fanbase, less so for the sheer number of them — other teams have had more DL trips for their players — than for the manner in which they were handled and/or discussed by the team. They’ve often been loathe to use the disabled list even when it makes sense to and have, at times, run guys out to play despite there being serious red flags which would counsel most teams from doing so.

But is he right about why the players are getting injured? It’s a commonly held bit of conventional wisdom that players using weight training and being muscular makes them more brittle, but I’m unaware of any science that backs that up (if you have some, please pass it along, I’d genuinely be interested in reading it). Maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t, but Darling seems so certain about it.

He could be right. But I also suspect that Darling may be falling prey to some back-in-my-dayism that retired players often exhibit. Are players getting injured more or are they merely being diagnosed better? Are they getting more seriously injured, or are they just taken out of action more quickly rather than be left to play through injuries like so many old timers have claimed they had to back in the 50s, 60s and 70s? Fireballers used to try to hang on as junkballers after suffering elbow injuries that today would send a guy to surgery. There was a much greater tolerance for lumbering slow dudes who might take it easy with a bad hammy as opposed to getting shut down now.

None of which is to say that Darling is wrong, necessarily. Like I said, maybe there is something to the idea that weight training and musculature makes a player more brittle. But I am always loathe to nod along with an old player who says the science and medicine surrounding sports has regressed compared to where it was back in his day. It may be true, but it’s counterintuitive given how science and medicine usually work. And when you offer a counterintuitive take like that, I think you need more evidence than your frustration at an injury occurring in front of you in real time.