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Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia had surgery for bilateral sports hernias

The 25-year-old had a strong rookie season.

Mitchell Layton

Jenrry Mejia apparently wasn't the only Mets relief pitcher with a sports hernia. The team announced this afternoon that fellow reliever Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair bilateral sports hernias. The 25-year-old had a 2.21 ERA and 3.07 FIP in 77.1 innings over 76 appearances and was arguably the Mets' best relief pitcher this season.

As for his specific injury, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says a bilateral sports hernia is:

A sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. It most often occurs during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements.

Familia's performance in the second half of the season wasn't quite as good as it was in the first half, though this injury might not have affected his performance at all. Looking ahead to next year, Familia figures to be part of a strong bullpen that also includes Jenrry Mejia, Carlos Torres, Vic Black, Josh Edgin, and Bobby Parnell, among others.