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Jeurys Familia begins throwing program

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The reliever is still weeks away from a potential return.

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia has started a throwing program down in Port St. Lucie. While this still puts the reliever at least a few weeks away from a potential return, it does represent rare and welcome good news on the injury front for the Mets.

Familia, who started the season on the suspended list for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, appeared in only 11 games and recorded three saves before a blood clot was discovered in his right shoulder after blowing a save against the Giants on May 10. Familia had surgery to remove the clot two days later, and initial estimates had him out at least several months and possibly all season.

In Familia’s absence, primary setup man Addison Reed has stepped up and pitched well in the closer role, recording 15 saves in 17 chances and recording a 9.07 K/9 rate. However, the ripple effect through an already suspect bullpen has been noticeable, as an under-equipped and badly overworked relief corps has been a significant factor in the Mets’ struggles this season. Familia will be expected to eventually resume his role as closer, whether or not Reed is still on the roster, or is gone in a trade deadline fire sale.