Mets closer Jeurys Familia has an arterial clot in his right shoulder, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. His is likely to go to the disabled list because of it.
BREAKING: Mets docs have diagnosed Jeurys Familia with an arterial clot is his right shoulder. He's flying to St. Louis for further tests.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 11, 2017
Familia was diagnosed with the clot after he visited the Hospital for Special Surgery, the team announced on Twitter. DiComo says the Mets announced that the 27-year-old may have possible surgery ad is going to St. Louis to visit Dr. Robert Thompson, a vascular surgeon who diagnosed and performed Matt Harvey’s Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery, for further testing.
Familia’s injury is the third injury to a major Mets player in over a month. The Mets have lost ace Noah Syndergaard to a partial lat tear while they saw star slugger Yoenis Cespedes suffer a left hamstring injury. Cespedes is on the 10-day disabled list, but there is no current timetable for his return. As for Syndergaard, he is on the 60-day DL and may not be back with the club until after the All-Star break.
Familia has not been the same pitcher since last season, when he led the National League with 51 saves and posted a 2.55 ERA in 78 appearances. After serving a 15-game suspension under the MLB domestic violence policy, the All-Star closer has posted a 3.86 ERA with three saves in 11 appearances. On Wednesday in the Mets’ 6-5 loss to the Giants, he blew his first save of the year after allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks in 1⁄3 of an inning.
The Mets will more than likely turn to setup man Addison Reed as their closer for the time being. Reed has four saves this season and 110 for his career.