Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with an “arterial clot” in his right shoulder, per a club announcement. He’ll head for a visit with Dr. Robert Thompson, with a surgical option considered possible.
Obviously, we don’t yet know whether surgery is likely. But it seems squarely on the table given that the team noted that possibility in the announcement — a rather unusual step when the treatment course has yet to be finalized. Dr. Thompson, a noted expert in thoracic outlet syndrome and other vascular issues, recently operated on Mets starter Matt Harvey, as Anthony DiComo of MLB.com notes on Twitter.
Familia, 27, has exhibited worrying walk issues since being activated from a suspension to start the year. Over 9 1/3 frames, he has issued eight free passes. On the other hand, he’s working in the zone at a rate (41.1%) that’s nearly identical to his career average, so it isn’t as if he’s just constantly wild. In addition to the walks, though, Familia is showing a drop in swinging strikes while drawing less chases on ball out of the zone, perhaps suggesting he’s struggling to hit his spots.
The results have generally been plenty acceptable, at least until last night’s (fielding-error-aided) meltdown. Before coughing up three earned runs while recording just a single out yesterday, Familia had allowed only one earned run on five hits through his nine frames on the season. And his average fastball velocity sits at or above his career levels (97.2 mph average four-seamer; 96.5 mph average sinker).
Whatever the precise issues, we’ll now wait to hear just how long an absence the club expects. At least some absence seems all but a foregone conclusion, with surgery potential requiring a lengthy layoff. The Mets can scarcely afford to lose Familia for a long stretch — especially with other key players already shelved on the DL. Addison Reed does represent about as good a replacement option as could be hoped for in the closer’s role, though the club will nonetheless be without a premium relief arm at the back of the bullpen for whatever stretch Familia is out.
another Mets player injured, shocking.
It’s a blood clot. Are you suggesting the trainer again?
Just like horse racing
This is just not good
Is it me, or does this feel like 2008 all over again???
You can’t make that determination until you are up 7 with 17 to play. LOL
I thought it said Familia got arrested for assault lmfao
But seriously that sucks for the Mets
Don’t know about assault in this case, but when he pitches, he’s part of a battery….
Say I’m nuts but I think the team is cursed because of the Wilpons and the Bernie Madoff scandal.
You’re nuts. With all due respect.
If you believe in curses, then I recommend you chalk this one up to karma coming back on Familia for his alleged off-the-field conduct and domestic issues and not the Wilpons and/or Madoff.
Is it possible that the Warthen slider does bad things to arms? Like, seriously, I know pitchers break all the time but there is a very specific pitch that Mets players are taught and they seem to have a slightly higher than normal injury cluster. To be fair, in the small sample size, Familia was throwing less sliders this year and more splitters, at least at the major league level.
Honestly you may have something there
I’m just a male nurse but I don’t think a pitch can create an arterial blood clot
It may not have any standing in this case, but How has Ray Ramirez been the head trainer for this team for over 10 years? There have been too many years that they have been devastated with injuries, there is no reason he should still be with the team.
I’m convinced Ray Ramirez has pictures of the Wilpons in compromising positions. No other explained why he is still in that position. Dr James Andrews and all the other physicians should be giving him commission checks for all the work they’ve done on Met pictures. It’s a joke
The Familia problem is familiar.
Closers are easy to create and are always replaceable. They should stick Harvey in that role. Change of scenery for all involved.
If we had enough starters that might not be a bad idea…
For fun, someone post an article saying a Met player got hit by a meteor, I want to see how many Ray Ramirez comments are made.