The Mets have placed Jeurys Familia on the injured list with a shoulder injury and called up Ryan O’Rourke from Syracuse to take his place on the roster. After blowing what would have been a six-out save last night, Familia complained of discomfort, and an MRI revealed a Bennett lesion, for which he received an injection. There is no current timetable for his return.
It’s reasonable to wonder whether this injury may provide an explanation for Familia’s struggles up to this point. After signing Familia a three-year, $30 million contract over the offseason, the Mets expected to have a shutdown reliever to handle the eighth inning and hand the ball off to Edwin Diaz. Instead, they’ve gotten a pitcher who has looked nothing like his old self. Familia has a 6.28 ERA and a 5.97 FIP in 14.1 innings with an alarming 13 walks.
O’Rourke has a 4.61 ERA in 13.2 innings in Triple-A this year. Odds are that Mickey Callaway and company will rely more heavily on Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman to bridge the gap to Diaz for the time being, but that does leave the back of the bullpen looking even more suspect than it already was. Because he wasn’t on the Mets’ 40-man roster, O’Rourke will need to take the spot that has just been vacated by Travis d’Arnaud’s recent designation.