As part of their litany of medical updates today, the Mets provided some new information on both Jeurys Familia and Anthony Swarzak, along with tentative timelines for their return.
Anthony Swarzak has been out for two weeks with a calf strain, which he suffered running to cover first base on February 27th. The injury was reported as minor. As a part of their medical updates today, the Mets announced that Swarzak is “continuing his throwing progression.” The righty threw a simulated game on Sunday and Mickey Callaway was pleased with the results. “[He] looked really good,” Callaway said. “Great slider. Felt totally fine. You’ll be seeing him in a game soon.” Apparently “soon” could mean he’ll throw in a Grapefruit League game as early as this weekend.
Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia, who has been dealing with some shoulder tightness, threw this morning. Familia had been having a great spring until Thursday’s game, when he gave up five runs in 1 1⁄3 innings of work and started experiencing the discomfort in his shoulder. However, Familia played down the issue, insisting it was “normal” and he usually deals with a similar problem “every year,” as he gets used to throwing every day in spring training. He is expected to back in Grapefruit League action either Thursday or Friday.
The return of both Familia and Swarzak is huge for the Mets’ bullpen, which would look awfully thin coming out of camp without them.