Jeurys Familia, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list due to a surgically repaired arterial clot in his right shoulder, is scheduled to meet with a doctor in two weeks, according to Laura Albanese of Newsday. He is expected to get a throwing program from the doctor, and he hopes to be able to throw the ball within a month or so. Familia is hopeful that he will pitch again in 2017.
Familia started the season serving a 15-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy and appeared in only 11 games for the Mets this season before the diagnosis of the clot. He had a 3.86 ERA, saving three games, and generally not looking like himself for many of his appearances. Whether that should be chalked up to a stilted regimen, based on his suspension, or early signs of his injury is unknown.
In his place, Addison Reed has been closing for the Mets, and while he has been far from the dominant reliever we saw last year, he is doing reasonably well with the job. The bullpen is about to get a bit of help in the form of Robert Gsellman, who will be losing his spot in the rotation to the returning Steven Matz and Seth Lugo shortly. Gsellman will help bolster an overworked bullpen and will hopefully take some pressure off of Reed and Jerry Blevins, the two most effective relievers the Mets have, both of whom have appeared in 27 games thus far this season.