The Mets have shut down their closer for at least 10 days as he deals with an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. As a corresponding move, first baseman Lucas Duda has been activated.
Sandy Alderson spoke to the media before Friday night’s game against the Brewers and said Familia has undergone surgery to deal with the blood clot. Alderson expects the Mets closer to be out for several months, and while there’s a chance he’ll be back before the end of the season, there’s also a chance he doesn’t.
The organization has made the move official. Jeurys Familia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after doctors diagnosed him with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.
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The move is retroactive to May 11, so the earliest he could potentially come back in May 21. With a blood clot being the issue, however, that may not be likely.
The team has not issued any information about the exam Familia was taking on Friday in St. Louis. Those additional tests would help determine how serious of a blood clot issue this could be for the New York closer. Blood clots can be specially tricky because sometimes you can treat them with just aspirin (like Tom Glavine did in 2006), or sometimes they require surgery (like Dillon Gee in 2012). The latter is obviously what you hope to avoid, but at this point, nothing is sure.
In his place, the Amazin’s have activated first baseman Lucas Duda who will be back in blue and orange since landing on the disabled list on April 20th. Duda missed that time due to a hyperextended elbow on a weird play at first base.
He will be making his first start since that play at first base on Friday night as the Mets start a weekend series in Milwaukee against the Brewers.