Injury Updates on Niese, d’Arnaud, Duda, & Familia

By Danny Abriano

There were injury updates on four key Mets today…

Niese close to game action:

According to Matt Ehalt of ESPN, Jonathon Niese, who has been in Port St. Lucie strengthening his shoulder, could pitch a rehab game for the GCL Mets as soon as this weekend (manager Terry Collins noted that Niese would be back in a rehab game no later than August 1st).

Jun 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Niese, who was initially diagnosed with a partial tear of his left rotator cuff, received better news after a second MRI was taken.  That MRI revealed that Niese simply had regular wear and tear in the rotator cuff, and allowed him to begin to rehab.

Once Niese returns to the big league rotation, he’ll presumably take Carlos Torres‘ spot with Torres shifting back to the bullpen.

d’Arnaud and Duda play rehab games for the GCL Mets:

Both Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda played five innings for the GCL Mets earlier today.

  • d’Arnaud, who has been out since mid-April when he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left foot, caught and went 1 for 3.  He’s expected to head to either AA next or back to AAA to continue shaking off the rust and working back into shape.  It’s been stated repeatedly that d’Arnaud would probably make his debut with the Mets in September, but there’s no reason to keep him in the minors once he’s sharp and in game shape.
  • Duda, who has been out with a strained intercostal, started in left field and went 1 for 2.  It was his first game action since suffering the injury.

Jeurys Familia throwing in Port St. Lucie:

According to Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger, RHP Jeurys Familia has started a throwing program in Port St. Lucie.  Familia, 23, is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs and loose bodies.  Still, it’s  nice to see that he’s already begun the rehab process.

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