Per a tweet from the Mets, reliever Jeurys Familia, who had been rehabbing with Savannah, has been activated from the disabled list. Familia will be available for today’s doubleheader against Miami.
Familia, 23, underwent surgery to clean out his right (pitching) elbow on June 5th. It was reported at the time that he would likely be lost for the season, but Familia fought his way back. He made 4 rehab appearances, including 2 for newly crowned South Atlantic League champions Savannah.
Before experiencing the injury, Familia made 8 appearances out of the bullpen for the Mets. In 10.1 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 7 and struck out 7. He was getting into a groove before sustaining the injury, which included notching his first big league save on May 3rd in Atlanta.
Even though Familia is only returning for the final 16 games of the season, his participation in games down the stretch (and getting through them healthy) should give both he and the Mets some clarity going into 2014.
Familia has the stuff to be an answer in the back end of the bullpen, and he was starting to harness his potential before the injury knocked him out for roughly half the season.