Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia and infielder Wilmer Flores are both headed to the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, FL to continue their respective rehabs, with an eye towards returning sometimes during the Mets upcoming road-trip, said Manager Mickey Callaway on Sunday. The Mets’ three-city, ten-game road-trip starts on Tuesday in Atlanta and ends June 21.
Familia was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday’s Subway Series against the Mets with a sore right shoulder; an MRI revealed no structural damage. Familia missed most of the 2017 season after having surgery in May to repair a blood clot in his right shoulder, but returned in September. This season, he has a 2.48 ERA and 14 saves in 18 attempts over 28 appearances, three of which have been of the multi-inning variety.
Flores left the game in the fourth inning of the Mets 8-7 loss to Milwaukee on May 27 with lower back soreness and was placed on the disabled list the following day. Callaway noted on Friday that Flores has been “progressing nicely.” Flores is hitting .248/.320/.398 on the season with three HR and 13 RBI. Known as a lefty killer, he has yet to homer against a southpaw this season. His is batting just .174/.250/.239 in 52 plate appearances against lefties. Given the Mets’ especially paltry numbers against left-handed pitching this season, they can use a healthy Flores returning to form.