The Mets bullpen has had its issues this season with the absence of its closer, but his return is becoming a reality for this season
Prior to Tuesday night’s game in San Diego, Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to the media about right-hander Jeurys Familia. According to TC, Familia will begin throwing off of a mound soon. He expects the Mets to have their closer back at some capacity before the season ends.
Familia has been out most of the season – appearing in only 11 games all year – for a couple of reasons. He missed the first 15 games of the year serving a suspension for violating MLB Domestic Violence Policy.
After coming back and appearing in a few games, Familia would go on the disabled list when doctors diagnosed him with an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. Familia would have surgery, and no one was really sure whether we’d see him back this season or if he’d be forced to miss the rest of the campaign as he recovered.
Well, it appears he’s recovered fairly quickly, so much so that he can start throwing off of a mound with a couple of months of the season still left.
Obviously, he’ll still need to build up his arm strength and will likely have to make a few minor league appearances before we ever see him wearing a Mets uniform again, but the hope is that it’ll all go smoothly.
In his brief time pitching in 2017, he got rocked a little. His 3.86 ERA in those 9 and 1/3 innings pitched just looked weird when you compare it to his stats the two previous years. Obviously, you could have expected his numbers to have improved had he stayed healthy and on the field, so hopefully he can back to his old ways when this season wraps up.