Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia underwent surgery on Friday, per a team announcement. Familia was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11, but no details pertaining to the specifics of the procedure or the right-hander’s estimated return date have been revealed yet. An arterial clot was discovered in his right shoulder on Thursday, though general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that Familia had been experiencing symptoms prior to Wednesday’s outing against the Giants.
Whether or not Familia will return before the end of the season is pure speculation at this point, but similar injuries have typically taken several months of rehab. Newsday’s Marc Carig spoke to former Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee, who was also diagnosed with a blood clot in his shoulder back in 2012. “This stuff can get pretty serious,” Gee told Carig. “But if you want to play again, you have to address the cause.”
Familia pitched through just 9 1/3 innings this season, delivering a 3.86 ERA, three saves, a 7.7 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 in 11 appearances. He racked up an impressive 77 2/3 innings during his 2016 run, nearly tying his 78-inning career-high mark, but looks unlikely to match that total again this season after serving a 15-game suspension for domestic violence charges and rehabbing an injured arm.
Without their closer, the Mets are expected to revert to a seven-man bullpen, though it doesn’t sound like another acquisition is entirely out of the question. If anyone is poised to add depth this early in the season, it’s the Mets. They’ve lost nine players to the disabled list since the start of the year, including Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud and Steven Matz, among several others.
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.
Mets’ right-hander Noah Syndergaard will take the hill on Sunday afternoon, just three days after he was scratched from a start due to right biceps tendinitis and shoulder discomfort. Syndergaard told reporters that he refused recommended medical testing on his arm because he felt “ready to go” after taking anti-inflammation medication and tossing a bullpen session on Friday. “I think I know my body best,” the right-hander said. “I’m pretty in tune with my body, and that’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI.”
It’s an unusual decision for a pitcher who has already succumbed to several serious arm issues, some as recent as last season, but as club GM Sandy Alderson told the New York Times’ James Wagner, the Mets aren’t in a position to force the issue.
This is a tense time for the Mets, whose lineup has been fraught with injuries of nearly every variety, from Yoenis Cespedes‘ hamstring issue to Steven Matz‘s elbow inflammation and David Wright‘s cervical disc herniation. Syndergaard’s setback last week didn’t appear too serious, but it would make sense for the team to take things slowly with their best still-healthy hurler. Instead, they’ll push forward on Sunday against the Nationals and hope that Syndergaard’s read on his biceps issue is an accurate one.
The 24-year-old righty is 1-1 through his first four starts of 2017 with a 1.73 ERA, 0.0 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 in 26 innings. He’s scheduled to make his first start against the Nationals on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET.