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Mets closer Jeurys Familia has arterial blood clot in right shoulder

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Jun 30, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after getting the final out against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after getting the final out against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets closer Jeurys Familia could be looking at surgery to address the issue.

The Mets announced on Thursday that Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. The team says he will undergo more testing on Friday to see what is the best course of action going forward.

Familia will be sent to St. Louis where he will meet with Dr. Robert Thompson to see if surgery is indeed required to treat this issue.

Blood clots can be pretty serious, and should never be taken lightly. Thankfully, the Mets are acting accordingly, and hopefully it’s an issue that can be taken care of easily.

Obviously, the fact that this blood clot formed in his pitching shoulder presents its own problems if surgery is indeed performed, but that’ll be looked at once we know more about Familia’s condition and plan for treatment.

The Mets bullpen has already been overworked tremendously early on this season with a few of their main relievers occupying the top spots in appearances in the National League already. Taking another hit like this (with their closer nonetheless) will surely have some big impacts on it going forward.

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The team has yet to announce whether they’re placing him on the disabled list or not, so it looks like they may wait until the tests come back on Friday to make a corresponding move. The last thing they’ll want is to be playing a man down in the bullpen when they start their next series.

The Amazin’s will face the Milwaukee Brewers starting on Friday night through Sunday.

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