Jeurys Familia, who was given Monday off due to a minor velocity dip in his prior appearance, had trouble getting loose in the bullpen on Tuesday.
Jun 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks to the dugout at the end of the eight inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Even though Familia had trouble getting loose, he was brought in to complete the Mets’ 8-3 victory against Atlanta.
On Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins said that the fact that Familia had trouble getting loose on Tuesday is a “red flag” and that he would be given the night off on Wednesday.
Collins said there was no plan for Familia to be examined by team doctors.
Familia has made 44 appearances so far in 2014.
There are two things wrong with how Familia was handled on Tuesday night.
The first problem, was that he was warming up at all with the Mets leading 8-1 in the ninth inning. There was no reason for Familia to be up in that situation.
The second, and much more glaring issue, is that the Mets were aware of Familia’s issues getting loose but allowed him to enter the game anyway.
Hopefully the Mets are simply erring on the side of caution here, and Familia will be back and ready to go Thursday.
Either way, he shouldn’t have seen game action last night, and it’s alarming that he did.