The Mets announced this afternoon that reliever Jeurys Familia underwent surgery yesterday in Philadelphia to repair bilateral sport hernias.
This is the second hernia surgery in the back-end of the Mets’ bullpen since the end of the season, as closer Jenrry Mejia had his earlier this month. Mejia revealed in August that he was pitching through a hernia, but Familia’s injury wasn’t known until now. Still, both pitchers should be ready for spring training.
Familia emerged as a trusted late-inning bridge for Terry Collins this season, posting a 2.21 ERA and 73/32 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings to go along with a 57.4 percent ground ball rate. The 25-year-old right-hander made 76 appearances, tied for fourth-most in the majors.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.