In a pair of corresponding roster moves today, the Mets have placed closer Jeurys Familia from the disabled list and activated first baseman Lucas Duda from it.
After serving a 15-game suspension to begin the season under the league’s domestic violence policy, Familia had been somewhat shaky in his 11 appearances with the Mets. He struggled with control issues, allowing 8 walks in 9.1 innings pitched. In a high-stakes situation against the Nationals on April 28, he gave up three hits while only getting one out and was pulled in favor of Josh Edgin, who induced a double play from Bryce Harper and earned the save.
In recent days Familia had begun to look like his old self again, recording five straight scoreless appearances. But after his blown save against the Giants on Wednesday, Familia was diagnosed with an arterial clot in his right shoulder. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced that Familia underwent surgery in St. Louis today. Alderson also revealed that Familia did not have thoracic outlet syndrome, the injury that sidelined Matt Harvey for most of 2016.
Duda had gotten off to an excellent start this season, hitting .238/.360/.571 in his 50 plate appearances before going on the DL with a hyper-extended elbow on April 20. After a brief spell with Jay Bruce manning first base, T.J. Rivera took over as the primary first baseman in Duda’s absence. With a .300/.382/.467 line for the year, Rivera proved a capable replacement and has likely earned more playing time around the infield.