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Mets closer Jeurys Familia to start rehab assignment on Tuesday

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01: Pitcher Jeurys Familia
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01: Pitcher Jeurys Familia

Matt Harvey has already began his rehab assignment. Now for some more good injury update news, Jeurys Familia is about to start his shortly too

Jeurys Familia has been on the disabled list since May. Earlier this month, he threw his first bullpen session since having surgery done for an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. Now we found out that he’s also going to start a rehab assignment soon.

Before Monday night’s game, Terry Collins told reporters that on Tuesday Familia will start a minor league rehab assignment with the Low-A Gulf Coast League.

This is all good news. And it makes sense with the timetable Sandy Alderson recently gave, in which he estimated that Familia could in fact return to the mound as soon as by the end of August.

It’s no secret that this season is pretty much a lost cause. There really is no need to rush Familia back to the mound if he’s not 100% healthy. But, if his rehab goes well and there’s no setbacks, we should see him back out there in the next month. The Mets should of course still be careful with his arm upon his return.

Now, what does this mean for AJ Ramos, who has been serving as the closer while Familia’s been out? He’ll likely become the setup man, and be a good asset to the bullpen next year as well.

And, we’ve already mentioned how a Blevins-Ramos-Familia trio is solid to build around.

Between his suspension at the beginning of the season, and then being placed on the DL, we only saw Familia in 11 games this season. He went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.607 WHIP (in this small sample size).

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We all know that Familia can give us quite a bit of dramatics before closing out a game, and in his absence, Ramos has filled this role as well.